South Carolina Ranked As 2019’s 5th Most Vulnerable State to Identity Theft & Fraud

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With businesses such as WhatsApp, Quest Diagnostics, Microsoft, ASUS and Capital One experiencing data breaches this year, the free credit-monitoring website WalletHub today released its report on 2019’s States Most Vulnerable to Identity Theft & Fraud.

To determine where Americans are most susceptible to such crimes, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 15 key metrics. The data set ranges from identity-theft complaints per capita to average loss amount due to fraud.

South Carolina came in as one of the most vulnerable states in America at #5 and North Carolina didn’t fair much better at #13;

States With the Most Identity Theft & Fraud

Overall Rank* State Total Score ‘Identity Theft’ Rank ‘Fraud’ Rank ‘Policy’ Rank
1 District of Columbia 70.30 6 5 1
2 California 67.72 1 19 42
3 Nevada 65.41 13 2 22
4 New Hampshire 63.82 4 24 17
5 South Carolina 63.43 9 8 17
6 Delaware 63.26 24 1 33
7 Louisiana 62.45 2 38 42
8 Texas 62.43 3 28 42
9 New York 62.12 8 11 42
10 Florida 61.57 12 6 33
11 Georgia 61.05 5 27 42
12 South Dakota 60.66 14 10 5
13 North Carolina 60.12 15 9 15
14 Tennessee 58.71 27 4 22
15 Montana 58.28 10 20 42
16 Minnesota 57.13 17 13 17
17 Oregon 56.70 30 3 28
18 Illinois 55.87 7 42 49
19 New Jersey 55.73 19 21 1
20 Connecticut 53.40 11 45 33
21 Alabama 52.60 22 25 17
22 Pennsylvania 52.57 23 26 5
23 Arizona 52.56 26 12 49
24 Colorado 52.49 31 7 22
25 Maryland 52.45 16 29 38
26 Rhode Island 50.94 18 35 33
27 Massachusetts 50.13 20 44 5
28 Mississippi 49.96 28 31 5
29 Idaho 49.63 32 22 5
30 Utah 47.97 33 17 42
31 Ohio 47.89 25 47 17
32 Indiana 47.58 21 49 33
33 Virginia 46.70 34 18 51
34 Michigan 45.18 29 46 28
35 Wisconsin 43.87 36 41 15
36 Alaska 43.87 45 16 28
37 Washington 43.78 35 33 38
38 New Mexico 43.67 41 23 22
39 Nebraska 43.49 42 30 5
40 Iowa 43.39 44 15 38
41 North Dakota 42.97 48 14 5
42 Missouri 42.86 38 43 5
43 Maine 41.50 46 36 1
44 Arkansas 41.00 40 34 38
45 Hawaii 40.57 37 50 28
46 Kansas 40.33 43 37 28
47 Oklahoma 39.90 39 51 5
48 West Virginia 39.39 47 39 1
49 Vermont 37.45 49 32 22
50 Wyoming 34.80 50 40 5
51 Kentucky 31.86 51 48 22

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