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10 States With The Highest Rate Of Identity Thefts In The US

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Are you at risk of identity theft?

If you’re looking to move to a new city, state or a new town, one of the key things you should be concerned about is the rate of identity thefts and fraud.

While several states have implemented measures to protect residents from identity thefts, some states are actually performing better than others. So you should be aware of how to protect yourself from identity theft when you’re moving.

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Identity thieves are constantly looking for new ways to steal from victims. Photo by Steven Depolo @ Flickr / CC BY

Recently, 24/7 Wall St. analyzed data for the 2015 calendar year from the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) Sentinel Network Data Book. The FTC is responsible for compiling the total number of fraud complaints in every state. All complaints were grouped as either identity thefts or a second category, including all other kind of frauds.

The FTC also provides the average amount stolen from victims of scams. While the National Conference of State Legislatures provide details of fines and penalties for identity thefts in each state.

So what state has the highest number of identity thefts in the United States? Find out here based on data analyzed by 24/7 Wall St.:

10 States With The Most Identity Thefts In The United States

10. California
> Identity theft complaints per 100,000:
141.3
> Total identity theft complaints: 55,305 (the highest)
> Fraud and other complaints per 100,000: 750 (2nd highest)
> Avg. amount stolen: $1,468 (3rd highest)

9. New Hampshire
> Identity theft complaints per 100,000:
142.0
> Total identity theft complaints: 1,890 (13th lowest)
> Fraud and other complaints per 100,000: 572 (10th lowest)
> Avg. amount stolen: $1,163 (12th highest)

8. Texas
> Identity theft complaints per 100,000:
144.3
> Total identity theft complaints: 39,630 (3rd highest)
> Fraud and other complaints per 100,000: 941 (3rd highest)
> Avg. amount stolen: $1,157 (14th highest)

7. Georgia
> Identity theft complaints per 100,000:
149.1
> Total identity theft complaints: 15,230 (9th highest)
> Fraud and other complaints per 100,000: 1,208 (4th highest)
> Avg. amount stolen: $873 (13th lowest)

6. Michigan
> Identity theft complaints per 100,000:
158.1
> Total identity theft complaints: 15,684 (7th highest)
> Fraud and other complaints per 100,000: 1,144 (5th highest)
> Avg. amount stolen: $820 (7th lowest)

5. Illinois
> Identity theft complaints per 100,000:
158.7
> Total identity theft complaints: 20,414 (6th highest)
> Fraud and other complaints per 100,000: 517 (9th highest)
> Avg. amount stolen: $907 (15th lowest)

4. Maryland
> Identity theft complaints per 100,000:
183.2
> Total identity theft complaints: 11,006 (12th highest)
> Fraud and other complaints per 100,000: 749 (13th highest)
> Avg. amount stolen: $973 (24th lowest)

3. Florida
> Identity theft complaints per 100,000:
217.4
> Total identity theft complaints: 44,063 (2nd highest)
> Fraud and other complaints per 100,000: 1,510 (the highest)
> Avg. amount stolen: $1,050 (22nd highest)

2. Connecticut
> Identity theft complaints per 100,000:
225.0
> Total identity theft complaints: 8,078 (18th highest)
> Fraud and other complaints per 100,000: 554 (22nd lowest)
> Avg. amount stolen: $1,182 (11th highest)

1. Missouri
> Identity theft complaints per 100,000:
364.3
> Total identity theft complaints: 22,164 (5th highest)
> Fraud and other complaints per 100,000: 609 (17th highest)
> Avg. amount stolen: $931 (18th lowest)

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