Identity fraud hit a record 15.4 million Americans last year, NBC News reported. The number is up 16 percent from 2015, according to a study from Javelin Strategy and Research.
Despite widespread efforts to fight identity theft, crooks successfully netted two million more victims and stole $16 billion.
"Criminals are getting much better at committing fraud online," said Al Pascual, research director and head of fraud and security at Javelin Strategy & Research. "Their skill sets are improving and the tools that they're using are much more sophisticated."