What are the Hot Spots for Fraud?

Our friends over at ID Analytics just released a fraud study titled U.S. Identity Fraud Hotspots. The study looks at fraud rates over 2006, as confirmed by businesses not consumer victim reports, and is an update to a report they issued earlier this year which examined identity theft fraud rates by geography from 2005 to mid-2006.

While cities in New York and California continue to make the list, surprisingly it’s only those in the Midwest and Rocky Mountain region that make this study’s “Top 10 list of cities where identity fraud grew the most.” These are (in order):

  1. Springfield, IL
  2. Bozeman, MT
  3. Missoula, MT
  4. Whitefish, MT
  5. Lolo, MT
  6. Bismarck, ND
  7. Hamilton, MT
  8. Big Fork, MT
  9. Grand Forks, ND
  10. Fargo, ND

For all my friends and neighbors, yes Atlanta – particularly zip code 30344 – is on the list coming in at number 49. But the study concludes that in general identity fraud rates are declining in the South.

There is a lot more interesting details in the report that are definitely worth checking out when you get a chance.

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