Where you live has a lot to do with your level of risk for ID theft. According to Computerworld:
Faulkton S.D. has a population of 800 and virtually no crime to speak of. Yet the citizens of this rural town are second only to the people in Floral Park, N.Y. when it comes to being at risk for having their identities stolen.
When examined at a 3 zipcode level, the results become a little less freakish and patterns emerge.
According to ID Analytics, the firm that conducted the analysis, the 10 metropolitan areas with the highest risk for ID theft are:
1. New York, NY
2. Detroit, MI
3. Los Angeles, CA
4. Little Rock, AR
5. Greenville, MS
6. Atlanta, GA
7. Phoenix, AZ
8. Portland, OR
9. Dallas, TX
10. Springfield, IL
The results don’t just identify victims, but perpetrators as well, and can be useful to law enforcement. If you live in South Dakota, however, don’t panic. Your state is actually one of the less risky ones overall.—MEGHANN MARCO