Multiple Factors Impact State Identity Theft Victims Ranking
States with elderly people and tourists often have the highest rates of identity theft, according to Equifax, which analyzed data from the Federal Trade Commission's 2012 Consumer Sentinel Network report. The report, released in February, contained statistics on identity theft and fraud- related complaints from all 50 states. About 54 percent of victims contacted police to log a complaint, the report found. A number of factors play into the rankings, including population size, density, income and economic conditions. For example, states with surges in unemployment see more fraud. Foreclosures also are a sign identity theft could increase, Equifax said.