Identity theft is most common in English-speaking countries, according to a survey PayPal Inc. released Tuesday.

The survey, conducted by the French polling firm Ipsos, examined security fears of e-commerce shoppers in the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

PayPal, the San Jose payment unit of eBay Inc., said 10% of respondents in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada reported being victims of identity theft, compared with 5% in other countries.

The results show that "more identity theft tends to occur in counties where a higher percentage of e-commerce is concentrated," Michael Barrett, PayPal's chief information security officer, said in a press release.