Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the nation.1 In 2010, over 8 million Americans fell victim to identity theft – that’s more than the entire population of the state of Virginia!2,3
Click below to see how your state ranks and what identity thieves are up to in your area.
The most common form of reported identity theft in America in 2011 was government documents/benefits fraud, followed by credit card fraud, phone or utilities fraud, and bank fraud.
The top five states for identity theft complaints per capita in 2011:4
The top five metropolitan areas for identity theft complaints per capita in 2011:4
- Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Miami Beach, FL
- Montgomery, AL
- Greeley, CO
- Columbus, GA-AL
- Dunn, NC
Consumers ages 20-29 are most affected, according to CSN report, accounting for 23% of the total identity theft complaints filed with the FTC in 2011.4
Eleven states showed increases in fraud in 2010:2
- New Jersey
- North Carolina
- West Virginia
1 Social Security Administration. “Identity Theft And Your Social Security Number.” SSA Publication No. 05-10064. August 2009.
2 Javelin Strategy & Research. “2011 Identity Fraud Survey Report.” February 2011.
3 http://www.google.com/publicdata?ds=uspopulation&met=population&idim= state:51000&dl=en&hl=en&q=population+of+virginia
4 FTC. “Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book for January - December 2011.” February 2012.