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Online Holiday Shopping Is Booming but Not Without Concerns for Identity Theft and Fraud

November 20, 2020 GMT
Consumers ages 45-54 would most risk their identity for a good Cyber Monday deal, according to an Experian survey. (Graphic: Business Wire)
Consumers ages 45-54 would most risk their identity for a good Cyber Monday deal, according to an Experian survey. (Graphic: Business Wire)

COSTA MESA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov 20, 2020--

There is no doubt consumers will increasingly shop online for the holidays this year due to the pandemic. According to a national consumer survey by Experian, 62 percent of shoppers will buy from the comfort of their computers, but it may not be such a jolly experience with many worried about being a victim of identity theft and fraud.

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Consumers ages 45-54 would most risk their identity for a good Cyber Monday deal, according to an Experian survey. (Graphic: Business Wire)

In fact, 57 percent feel there’s a greater risk this year of identity theft because of COVID-19 while 18 percent of survey respondents have already been affected by a coronavirus-related scam. The number of consumers surveyed who have been victims during past holiday shopping seasons jumped to 24 percent from 12 percent in 2019, which also may be why consumers are concerned.

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“The holidays are always a ripe period for cybercriminals with increased online traffic occurring,” said Experian Vice President of Consumer Protection Michael Bruemmer. “But this year is even more attractive for hackers so consumers need to make sure they are following several good security practices to keep their information and financial accounts safe. Retailers should also be very vigilant so that shoppers have a positive customer experience.”

Consumers can improve their safety habits

Even though they are concerned about identity theft, more than a quarter (28%) of survey respondents said they would risk being a victim for a good Cyber Monday deal, up from 19 percent in 2019.

Less than half of those surveyed (49%) shop on protected internet connections and check if the websites are secure (47%). However, 33 percent will pay for purchases online with a credit card dedicated specifically for this purpose, which is up 7 percent from 2019.

Five tips for a safer digital experience

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For additional survey data, visit https://www.experian.com/blogs/ask-experian/survey-some-consumers-would-risk-identity-theft-for-an-online-holiday-deal/. To learn more about protecting yourself against identity theft, visit the Ask Experian blog at https://www.experian.com/education.

About the survey

The online survey was conducted by Experian Oct. 29 to November 5, 2020, among 1,000 adults 18 years of age or older who reside in the United States. This online survey is not based on a probability sample; therefore, no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.

About Experian

Experian is the world’s leading global information services company. During life’s big moments – from buying a home or a car, to sending a child to college, to growing a business by connecting with new customers – we empower consumers and our clients to manage their data with confidence. We help individuals to take financial control and access financial services, businesses to make smarter decisions and thrive, lenders to lend more responsibly, and organisations to prevent identity fraud and crime.

We have 17,800 people operating across 45 countries and every day we’re investing in new technologies, talented people and innovation to help all our clients maximise every opportunity. We are listed on the London Stock Exchange (EXPN) and are a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index.

Learn more at www.experianplc.com or visit our global content hub at our global news blog for the latest news and insights from the Group.

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Experian

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Sandra.bernardo@experian.com

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