Equifax Breach Follow-Up: How Vulnerable Is NM?

WALLETHUB News:
 
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.

In addition, WalletHub offers an Identity Theft Guide and free credit monitoring to help consumers handle or prevent the damaging effects of cybercrimes.
 

Most Vulnerable States
 
Least Vulnerable States
1
California
 
42
Ohio
 
2
Rhode Island
 
43
Louisiana
 
3
District of Columbia
 
44
Kentucky
 
4
Florida
 
45
South Dakota
 
5
Georgia
 
46
Wisconsin
 
6
Michigan
 
47
Kansas
 
7
Nevada
 
48
Wyoming
 
8
Texas
 
49
Hawaii
 
9
New York
 
50
West Virginia
 
10
Connecticut
 
51
Iowa
 
 
Key Stats
  • Hawaii has the fewest identity-theft complaints (per 100,000 residents), 55.2, 3.6 times fewer than in the District of Columbia, registering the most at 198.5.
  • South Dakota has the lowest average loss amount due to online identity theft, $608.20, which is 44.4 times lower than in Vermont, registering the highest at $27,030.13.
  • North Dakota has the fewest fraud complaints (per 100,000 residents), 284.7, 5.2 times fewer than in the District of Columbia, registering the most at 1,474.5.
  • The District of Columbia has the lowest average loss amount due to fraud, $526, 4.4 times lower than in Texas, registering the highest at $2,305.
To view the full report and your state or the District’s rank, please visit: https://wallethub.com/edu/states-where-identity-theft-and-fraud-are-worst/17549/.
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