Getty Images 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.