Michigan Ranks High In Identity Theft [Video]
I had my debit card numbers swiped from me recently and used at a local store, and although I'm pretty sure I know where it happened, it appears I have little recourse.
It figures. Michigan is one of the worst states for identity theft protection.
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.
Michigan’s Vulnerability to Identity Theft & Fraud (1=Most Vulnerable; 25=Avg.)
- 2nd – Identity-Theft Complaints per Capita
- 17th – Avg. Loss Amount Due to Online Identity Theft
- 4th – Fraud & Other Complaints per Capita
- 23rd – State Security-Freeze Laws for Minors’ Credit Reports
- 1st – Identity-Theft Passport Program
- 28th – Persons Arrested for Fraud per Capita
- 1st – Compliance with REAL ID Act
If that' not infuriating enough, check out John Oliver's deep dive into the Equifax breach. It may be the scariest thing I've seen this Halloween.