California Is 2017’s Most Vulnerable State to Identity Theft & Fraud – WalletHub Study

With Equifax losing its $7 million anti-fraud contract with the IRS after a major data breach at the credit bureau exposed the confidential information of more than 145 million American consumers, the free credit-monitoring website WalletHub today released its in-depth analysis identifying 2017’s States Most Vulnerable to Identity Theft & Fraud.

To determine where Americans are most susceptible to such crimes, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across eight key metrics. The data set ranges from identity-theft complaints per capita to average loss amount due to fraud.

In addition, WalletHub offers an Identity Theft Guide and free credit monitoring to help consumers handle or prevent the damaging effects of cybercrimes.
 
California’s Vulnerability to Identity Theft & Fraud (1=Most Vulnerable; 25=Avg.)

  • 5th – Identity-Theft Complaints per Capita
  • 1st – Avg. Loss Amount Due to Online Identity Theft
  • 11th – Fraud & Other Complaints per Capita
  • 3rd – Avg. Loss Amount Due to Fraud
  • 23rd – State Security-Freeze Laws for Minors’ Credit Reports
  • 1st – Identity-Theft Passport Program
  • 1st – Compliance with REAL ID Act

For the full report, please visit: https://wallethub.com/edu/states-where-identity-theft-and-fraud-are-worst/17549/  

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