Often, we point out the problems of identity theft. Along with our need to be more careful. Today, we look at identity theft by state. Indeed, the results may surprise you — a lot.

To review the overall issue, read the following:


24/7 Wall St.’s Analysis of Identity Theft by State

Earlier this year, 24/7 Wall St. did a thorough analysis of identity theft for all 50 U.S. states. As GSuneson reports:

“With the widespread use of the Internet, identity theft has become much more common. In sum, the number of identity theft reports shot up from about 86,000 in 2001 to a peak of 490,000 reports in 2015. Based on Federal Trade Commission data. In 2018, there were 445,000 reported cases. While Americans lost over $1 billion to fraud associated with identity theft.”

“Unlike other types of property crime, identity thieves target victims from across the globe. However, theft of identity reports are not evenly dispersed. In fact, the state with the highest concentration of identity theft reported more than four times as many incidents per capita as the one with the least. 24/7 Wall St. reviewed data from the FTC’s Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book to identify the states with the highest and lowest rates of identity theft. The most common type in each one is credit card-related identity theft.

The five states with the lowest rate of identity theft are Vermont, Iowa, Maine, South Dakota, and Kentucky. The five states with the highest rate of identity theft are Georgia, Nevada, California, Florida, and Texas. 

Click the image to see the full ranking. Then, watch the video clip.

Identity Theft by State
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3 Replies to “Identity Theft by State”

  1. I literally experienced identity theft in Miami, FL, that I forgot my handbag on a Uber and the driver refused to return it back to me. I kept calling him and at last he pretended not understand English…My ID and credit cards were in the handbag and I received a notification of purchasing failure using one of the credit cards in the bag since I reported the loss of the card the night I lost my handbag. I think cards, especially credit cards, are very risky, that you do not even need a pin to complete a transaction. I think new methods for verification should be applied, maybe some biological verification.

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