Here are the ten states with the highest identity fraud in the USA:
There were 199 reports of identity theft in the state, as per 100K residents. Back in 2017, there were 8,300 cases, accounting for almost 16% of all the consumers’ complaints in Arizona. In most cases, the elderly were victimized by imposters, via phone, claiming to be from various government agencies, including the IRS.
There were 120 reports of identity theft in the state, as per 100K residents. Last year 12,500 reports were registered accounting for almost 12% of all the complaints coming from consumers. The Equifax hack was the main cause of the reports in Georgia, as consumers were left vulnerable and ended up with frozen credit reports, as a measure of protection.
There were 123 reports of identity theft in the state, as per 100K resident. In 2017, there were 1,300 reports of ID thefts, accounting for around 18% of all complaint reports. Rhode Island officials began a campaign to educate consumers to review their bank and credit card statements every month thoroughly.
There were 124 reports of identity theft in the state, as per 100K residents. The state acknowledged that it was the top category of consumer complaints and that it represented 19% of all complaints filed in 2017.
There were 126 reports of identity theft in the state, as per 100K residents, representing 14% of all consumer complaints in this state. To highlight the steps that criminals go to steal, a psychiatrist stole the personal information of 11 patients, 4 being kids, in an attempt to file $100,000 worth of insurance claims.
There were 128 reports of identity theft in the state, as per 100K residents. With a total of 3,800 cases in 2017, accounting for almost 14% of all the consumers’ complaints.
There were 129 reports of identity theft in the state, as per 100K residents. Maryland was among the top states on this negative list in 2017, as a total of 7,800 cases of identity theft were reported last year, totaling 16% of all the consumer complaints.
There were 140 reports of identity theft in the state, as per 100K residents. California counted more than 55,400 reports of ID theft, totaling 20% of all complaints. The high levels of identity theft in the state may be attributed to their large number of illegal immigrants needed documentation to obtain employment.
There were 149 reports of identity theft in the state, as per 100K residents. Almost 31,200 cases were reported last year in the Sunshine State, amounting to 13% of all complaints. Most of them were credit card scams, as some suspects managed to get their hands on more than 2,500 credit card account numbers.
Michigan is the state where you’re the most prone to have your identity stolen, as there were 149 reports per 100K residents. To be more specific, we’re talking about more than 15,00 reports, representing 17% of all complaints. Michigan was also the state where a new form of ID theft – smishing, consisting of text messages claiming that they’re from your bank – was initiated.
Keep in mind that you are not safe from fraud even if your state is not among the top ten. The Equifax breach impacted all 50 states. Make sure that you take the appropriate steps to ensure that you are corresponding with your vendors. If you receive an email, a text or a call that you were not expecting, verify before you provide any personal information.