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Which States Have the Most Identity Theft? Fla. Ranks Second

Only Nevada residents have a greater problem with identity theft, according to reviews.org. Identity thieves get data through security breaches and sell it on the dark web.

NEW YORK – Your identity can be bought for as little as $1,192.58, a new study from Reviews.org shows. Scammers who steal identities and private information through data breaches sell the private information on the dark web – a collection of encrypted websites accessible only through special browsers.

Overall, Florida ranked second in the nation for its level of identity thefts, while Nevada ranked No. 1. Iowa has the fewest reports of these crimes.

But while Florida may present a greater identity-theft risk, the danger doesn’t necessarily break down into regional categories, the study notes, and identity theft can happen anywhere.

“With crime data, we’ve often noticed regional or population-based patterns that cause one state to have more crimes than another,” Reviews.org notes in its study. “But identity theft likelihood is a bit scattered. While certain states are at higher risk than others, there doesn’t seem to be a countrywide region or population-based pattern.”

Top 10 states for identify theft

  1. Nevada
  2. Florida
  3. Alaska
  4. Washington, D.C.
  5. Connecticut
  6. Arizona
  7. Washington
  8. Colorado
  9. Virginia

Top 10 states with least identify thefts

  1. Iowa
  2. South Dakota
  3. Mississippi
  4. North Dakota
  5. Arkansas
  6. Maine
  7. Nebraska
  8. Minnesota
  9. Ohio
  10. North Carolina

Floridians can take steps to keep their personal data safe. For example, using a virtual private network (VPN) to access the internet encrypts the information.

For more recommendations, visit the National Association of Realtors®’ cybersecurity checklist posted on its website.

Source: “Identity Theft Report: The Cost of Your Identity on the Dark Web,” Reviews.org (June 16, 2020)

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