The Center initiated a survey research project that assesses whether, and to what extent, modifications to survey design and context will affect self-reported rates of individual fraud victimization. This study uses an experimental design to compare self-reported fraud victimization among three different versions of a self-report survey.
· Individuals who receive a survey with a “crime” context report significantly less fraud victimization than those who receive a survey with a neutral or “consumer buying experience” context.
· The inhibitory effect of the crime context is stronger for people under the age of 35, over the age of 65, and for those with self-perceived high social status.
· This research has practical implications for survey designers and researchers interested in understanding fraud victimization and susceptibility.
This Issue Brief presents the results for a general audience and an academic paper is forthcoming.