10 States to Move to If You Want Your Identity Stolen

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Identity theft in America is a big problem -- and it's growing.

Since the turn of the millennium, consumer complaints to state and federal law enforcement, alleging identity theft and similar frauds, have skyrocketed from 325,519 in 2001 to 2,061,495 in 2012, according to the FTC. That's a 533 percent increase in just 11 years.

And the situation is worse in some places than it is in others.

Here now for your perusal are the top 10 states in the U.S. for getting victimized by pure-play identity theft (as opposed to mere "government benefits fraud," "credit card fraud," fraud involving your smartphone, or any of the other several subsets of ID-theft-related fraud), according to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.




An ID thief once tried to use Motley Fool contributor Rich Smith's credit card to buy two first-class tickets to Abu Dhabi. Adding insult to injury, the thief tried to pay extra to buy optional luggage insurance.

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Hi Kwiss!!

I've never worried about identity theft. Who in the hell would want to be me?

June 23 2013 at 11:22 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
ectullis

What about the other 47?

June 23 2013 at 8:24 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
janetsflash

Another reason to get out of Maryland.......POS state!!

June 23 2013 at 8:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dickgoforth

wait until we open the borders and give pancho free heath care

June 22 2013 at 9:44 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
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ectullis

Didn't Hussein already do that?

June 23 2013 at 8:25 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Andrew Orth

Gotham city is based off of Chicago. Metropolis is New York.

June 22 2013 at 3:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Go2hellk

Thank you , I did not know that.

June 22 2013 at 4:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
want old screen

YES I DO!!! BUT I REALLY DON'T THINK I HAVE ANY SAY IN IT AND THIS JUST MEANS NOTHING TO YOU AT ALL!!!

June 22 2013 at 2:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bisbee15

Steal my identiy and you are going to be stealing arthritis, glaucoma, hypertension, a head concussion and a whole bunch of free-loading friends.

June 22 2013 at 1:16 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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clarita995

not that simple or laughable--you'll be dealin with the irs on any income and the BURDEN OF PROOF is on YOU

June 22 2013 at 4:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
CPinklady

What a bunch of hype. Not enough science here just speculation.

June 22 2013 at 1:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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clarita995

and you were anticipating something else ?

June 22 2013 at 4:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jenny`s page

My Jersey is full of them

June 22 2013 at 12:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Wil Stubblefield

Sounds to me like all of the people in the KNOW need their heads examined for alocolic brain burns. The lost society of MANKIND

June 22 2013 at 11:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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clarita995

NO !
those in the know need to get VOTED OUT ASAP.

in that garbage can of scatology also called SHAMNESTY,stolen identities BY THEM is
NOT A CRIME.
..........even WHEN THEY KNOW it.

when will AMERICANS WAKE UP
and lose a days pay due to
TAKING IT TO THE STREETS NATIONWIDE
just like brazil ?????

June 22 2013 at 4:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply