New Study Ranks Nevada 2nd In Identity Thefts

The Top State Is Far, Far Ahead

Mitch Kelly
December 05, 2019 - 8:18 am
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LAS VEGAS, NV (KXNT) - Identity theft is a well known problem across the country, and the state of Nevada is among the top states where it's most likely to happen.  

A recent report issued from the Motley Fool website shows that Nevada is second among the US states in identity theft with over fifty-eight-hundred reports.  

Nevada trails only the state of Georgia, which has a staggering twenty-three-thousand reports of identity theft. Residents of Vermont, Iowa, and maine have reported the fewest identity thefts.

The Las Vegas metro area, which includes Henderson and Paradise, ranked 7th in a study of big cities most vulnerable to ID theft. 

With nearly 160,000 reports, credit card fraud was the biggest type of identity theft last year and has almost tripled between 2014 and 2018.

Identity theft reports actually decreased for a couple of years after hitting a peak in 2015, but those numbers are back on the rise. According to the Motley Fool, the increase can likely be attributed to the Equifax data breach, which lasted from May to July of 2017 and exposed the sensitive personal information of approximately 147 million U.S. consumers, making it one of the largest data breaches in history.

Credit card fraud is still the most common type of identity theft, with those between the ages of  30-39 most likely to be victims.

For a look at the full report, click here.