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Fraud Victimization Survey, 1990: [United States]

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Boyle, John M.
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice
Free Keywords
fraud; victimization; victims
  • Abstract

    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.
  • Methods

    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..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Person File
    • DS2: Incident File
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1990
  • 1991-05-24 / 1991-06-22
    Collection date: 1991-05-24--1991-06-22
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
All persons in the United States 18 years of age and older.
Multistage, stratified, clustered sampling design.
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. Funding insitution(s): United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice (OJP-90-N-247).
This version of the study is no longer available on the web. If you need to acquire this version of the data, you have to contact ICPSR User Support (
Alternative Identifiers
  • 9733 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR09733.v2
  • Copes, Heith, Kerley, Kent R., Mason, Karen A., Wyk, Judy van. Reporting behavior of fraud victims and Black's theory of law: An empirical assessment. Justice Quarterly.18, (2), 343-363.2001.
    • ID: 10.1080/07418820100094931 (DOI)
  • Titus, R., Heinzelmann, F., Boyle, J.M.. Anatomy of Fraud: Report of a Nationwide Survey. National Institute of Justice Journal.(229), 28-34.1995.
    • ID: (URL)

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 3 | Registration Date: 2015-06-30

Boyle, John M. (1992): Fraud Victimization Survey, 1990: [United States]. Version 1. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.