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

Published: May 4, 2010

Principal Investigator(s):
John M. Boyle

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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.

Boyle, John M. Fraud Victimization Survey, 1990: [United States]. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2010-05-04.

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


1991-05-24 -- 1991-06-22

Multistage, stratified, clustered sampling design.

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

personal interviews

survey data



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.

1992-03-04 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.


  • The public-use data files in this collection are available for access by the general public. Access does not require affiliation with an ICPSR member institution.

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This dataset is maintained and distributed by the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD), the criminal justice archive within ICPSR. NACJD is primarily sponsored by three agencies within the U.S. Department of Justice: the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.