Fraud Victimization Survey, 1990: [United States] (ICPSR 9733)

Principal Investigator(s): Boyle, John M.


The fraud victimization survey was administered by telephone to 400 respondents 18 years or older. Screener items were used to determine whether respondents had been fraud victims. Respondents with victimizations to report were administered the incident report items for up to five fraud incidents. The collection contains two general groups of variables: those pertaining to the individual respondent (Part 1), and those pertaining to the fraud incident (Part 2). Personal information includes basic demographic information (age, race, sex, income) and information about experiences as a victim of crimes other than fraud (robbery, assault, burglary, vehicle theft). Specific questions about fraud victimization experiences distinguished among twenty different types of fraud, including sales of misrepresented products or services, nondelivery of promised work or services, various types of confidence schemes, and fraud relating to credit cards, charities, health products, insurance, investments, or prizes. For each type of fraud the respondent had experienced, a series of questions was asked covering the time, place, and circumstances of the incident, the relationship of the respondent to the person attempting to defraud, the response of the respondent and of other agencies and organizations to the incident, and the financial, psychological, and physical consequences of the victimization experience.

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DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  Person File - Download All Files (4.263 MB)
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DS2:  Incident File - Download All Files (3.883 MB)
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Study Description


Boyle, John M. Fraud Victimization Survey, 1990: [United States]. ICPSR09733-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1992.

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This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice (OJP-90-N-247)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    fraud, victimization, victims

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1990

Date of Collection:   

  • 1991-05-24--1991-06-22

Universe:    All persons in the United States 18 years of age and older.

Data Type(s):    survey data


Sample:    Multistage, stratified, clustered sampling design.

Data Source:

personal interviews

Extent of Processing:   ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Created variable labels and/or value labels.
  • Standardized missing values.


Original ICPSR Release:   1992-03-04

Version History:

  • 2010-05-04 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setups have been added to this data collection.
  • 2006-01-18 File CB9733.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.

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