California has 3rd highest identity theft rate among the 50 states, study finds


California finished third in a ranking by the website 24/7 Wall St. of identity theft rates across the nation.

Identity theft complaints per 100,000 people in California numbered 186. The median loss for all types of identity-theft fraud in the state is $400, with total losses coming in at $173,230,257 last year.

The share of identity theft in the state involving credit cards – the most common type of such fraud cases – is 41 percent

The numbers used in the study came from the Federal Trade Commission’s Sentinel Network Data Book, according to 24/7 Wall St.

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Which States Have the Highest Identity Theft Rates?

RankStateIdentity Theft Complaints per 100,000Median Loss for All Types of FraudTotal Amount Loss% of Total Fraud Involving Credit Cards
1Georgia229$326$31,118,50336%
2Nevada194$462$11,518,64029%
3California186$400$173,230,25741%
4Florida180$400$84,209,31042%
5Texas159$400$95,628,95633%
6Delaware158$313$2,560,45335%
7Maryland145$350$18,153,94737%
8Michigan140$300$23,555,80623%
9Illinois127$300$30,492,71837%
10 (tie)South Carolina126$342$13,753,90530%
10 (tie)Arizona126$400$28,926,41130%
12New Jersey125$362$32,924,82246%
13New York122$324$65,734,99742%
14New Hampshire117$300$3,535,21642%
15North Carolina112$324$29,594,57931%
16Louisiana111$391$28,584,96931%
17Colorado110$365$23,159,20534%
18 (tie)Connecticut108$311$8,468,95540%
18 (tie)Alabama108$319$9,853,80832%
20Pennsylvania107$300$32,747,03737%
21 (tie)Oregon101$349$11,419,40733%
21 (tie)Tennessee101$345$18,457,93233%
23Washington100$350$28,304,42837%
24 (tie)Virginia97$368$28,023,18236%
24 (tie)Mississippi97$338$7,693,98328%
26New Mexico96$412$9,966,81627%
27Utah94$399$13,299,58532%
28 (tie)Massachusetts93$351$19,506,14440%
28 (tie)Rhode Island93$350$3,250,85538%
30Ohio88$300$27,148,92632%
31Missouri85$308$18,706,84732%
32Idaho80$400$4,756,93131%
33Oklahoma79$318$10,992,17532%
34Montana76$400$2,647,23633%
35 (tie)Kansas74$397$9,812,16536%
35 (tie)Indiana74$358$16,908,42930%
37 (tie)Minnesota73$387$15,385,16740%
37 (tie)Arkansas73$385$5,011,18130%
39Hawaii72$400$5,948,54742%
40Alaska69$471$3,573,12338%
41Nebraska67$347$4,726,54733%
42Wisconsin64$300$12,965,43525%
43North Dakota63$490$2,385,60234%
44 (tie)West Virginia58$300$4,324,64433%
44 (tie)Wyoming58$400$1,786,04131%
46Kentucky57$318$10,166,53935%
47 (tie)Maine56$350$2,500,84933%
47 (tie)South Dakota56$445$2,714,06832%
49Iowa53$400$7,385,68038%
50Vermont51$350$2,192,56639%
Source: 24/7 Wall St.

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