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Safest US States By Fraud and Scams 2017

Did you know that the CSN received more than 3 million complaints in 2016 alone? Moreover, 42% of all complaints (1.3 million) were related to fraud.

If you read our previous article on Safest States in the US by Identity Theft 2017 (LINK), you know that identity theft rates differ across the country.

The same goes for fraud and other complaints, which include several methods of payment: bank account debit, credit card, cash/cash advance, money order, check, internet/mobile, prepaid cards, telephone bill and wire transfer. Some states just seem to do better when it comes to staying safe from these types of crimes.

That is why Elite Personal Finance decided to make a special list of top 10 states when it comes to fraud safety.

To see our Methodology & Ranking System, read this page. (LINK)

Here are:

10 Safest States By Fraud

 

1st place – North Dakota

Fraud reports per 1000: 2.847

Total fraud reports: 2,158

Congratulations! First place well deserved. Not only did North Dakota top all states in this category, but it also scored very high in identity theft safety list.

 

2nd place: South Dakota

Fraud reports per 1000: 3.206

Total fraud reports: 2,775

This time, the two Dakotas remain unseparated, unlike in the previous category. In this one, the two sisters are a great example how to maintain fraud safety at a high level.

 

3rd place: Iowa

Fraud reports per 1000: 3.425

Total fraud reports: 10,735

With the 7th place in the previous category and the 3rd place in this one, Iowa is definitely one of the safest states when it comes to finance-related crimes.

 

4th place: Alaska

Fraud reports per 1000: 3.589

Total fraud reports: 2,663

The land of ice and snow scored much better on this test than on the identity theft safety test. When it comes to fraud, its residents can stay relatively calm.

 

5th place: Hawaii

Fraud reports per 1000: 4.038

Total fraud reports: 5,768

The winner in the previous category ranked 5th in this one. Overall, a fantastic result and a lot to be proud of. Well done, Hawaii!

 

6th place: Vermont

Fraud reports per 1000: 4.054

Total fraud reports: 2,532

Another state with small population got in the top 10. Vermont remains adamant and leaves no big space for fraudsters to threaten its residents.

 

7th place: Nebraska

Fraud reports per 1000: 4.119

Total fraud reports: 7,855

After Alaska, one more state with significantly better result in this category compared to the previous. If Nebraska keeps the good work, it might as well score great in all categories next year.

 

8th place: Wyoming

Fraud reports per 1000: 4.162

Total fraud reports: 2,437

The least populated of all states can boast its safety levels when it comes to identity fraud. With 585,501 residents, this state scored high on our list, and we can only congratulate it on that.

 

9th place: Utah

Fraud reports per 1000: 4.179

Total fraud reports: 12,750

This time, Utah ranked 9th on our list. Together with South Dakota, North Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska and Iowa, it makes this region undoubtedly the safest part of the US.

 

10th place: Maine

Fraud reports per 1000: 4.237

Total fraud reports: 5,642

This northeast state took the last train to our top 10. Anyhow, they made it and should be looked up to when it comes to identity fraud safety.

 

If you want to see the entire list of US states by identity fraud, take a look at our list below:

RANKSTATETOTAL NUMBER OF FRAUD & AND OTHER COMPLAINTSFRAUD SCORE
1North Dakota
2,158
2.847
2South Dakota2,775
3.206
3Iowa
10,7353.425
4Alaska
2,663
3.589
5Hawaii
5,768
4.038
6Vermont
2,532
4.054
7Nebraska
7,855
4.119
8Wyoming
2,437
4.162
9Utah
12,750
4.179
10Maine
5,642
4.237
11Montana
4,600
4.412
12Idaho
7,800
4.634
13Wisconsin
26,921
4.659
14Minnesota
25,980
4.707
15Kansas
14,635
5.034
16Oklahoma
20,350
5.187
17Arkansas
15,510
5.19
18Kentucky
23,948
5.397
19West Virginia
9,948
5.433
20Oregon
22,385
5.468
21Massachusetts
37,271
5.472
22Washington
40,423
5.547
23Indiana
37,329
5.628
24New Hampshire
7,525
5.638
25New York
112,006
5.673
26Illinois
73,829
5.767
27Connecticut
21,117
5.904
28Colorado
33,745
6.091
29Mississippi
18,210
6.093
30New Jersey
56,951
6.367
31North Carolina
65,059
6.412
32Arizona
45,528
6.569
33Pennsylvania
84,2706.592
34Ohio
77,213
6.648
35New Mexico
13,900
6.679
36Rhode Island
7,206
6.821
37South Carolina
34,7677.008
38Virginia
58,991
7.013
39Louisiana
32,861
7.019
40Missouri
43,050
7.065
41California
279,887
7.131
42Tennessee
51,036
7.673
43Delaware
7,593
7.975
44Maryland
48,5948.077
45Alabama
39,344
8.09
46Nevada
25,636
8.72
47Texas
265,347
9.523
48Michigan
107,557
10.833
49Georgia
117,189
11.366
50Florida
269,117
13.056

 

Key Findings

  • There were 2,339,943 total fraud reports from January to December 2016.
  • The average US identity fraud score is 6.12854, which means that there were 6.12854 fraud reports per 1000 people in all states combined.
  • The safest state is North Dakota, with a score of 2.847 and 2,158 reports overall.
  • The least safe state is Florida, with 13.056 reports per 1000 people and 269,117 total complaints. Florida’s score is 4.5 times worse than North Dakota’s and almost equal to the first four states combined.
  • Again, similar to the pattern in our identity theft analysis, there are five states with fewer than 1 million residents on the top 10 states.
  • Among 10 states with the lowest score, four have more than 10 million people. This and last point lead us to the same conclusion as in our previous analysis:
  •  The least populated states are obviously safer than those with the largest population.

 

How Safe Is Your State?

In case you are concerned about  identity fraud in your state,  you can share it in the comments below. Likewise, if you are satisfied with safety level in your state, please feel free to comment on that.

Sources:

– Federal Trade Commission: Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book for January – December 2016

United States Census Bureau: Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for the United States, Regions, States, and Puerto Rico: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2016

 

Here are some useful articles by EPF to read in order to make your state safer when it comes to identity theft!

100 Tips to Prevent Identity Theft – the most comprehensive list on the planet!

Read More About Identity Theft Here – we work everyday to provide you with the highest quality information on identity theft.

Identity Theft SafeGuard – The most comprehensive guide on how to prevent identity theft, written by Elite Personal Finance expert team!

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