South Carolina Ranked As 2020’s #2 Most Vulnerable State to Identity Theft & Fraud

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With businesses such as Marriott and Nintendo experiencing data breaches this year but the number of breaches down from 2019, the free credit-monitoring website WalletHub today released its report on 2020’s States Most Vulnerable to Identity Theft & Fraud.

To determine where Americans are most susceptible to such crimes, the site compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 14 key metrics. The data set ranges from identity-theft complaints per capita to the average loss amount due to fraud.

South Carolina ranked as the #2 worst state in American for identity theft and fraud and North Carolina ranked #14.

States With the Most Identity Theft & Fraud

Overall Rank*  State Total Score  ‘Identity Theft’ Rank  ‘Fraud’ Rank  ‘Policy’ Rank 
1 Florida 72.33 1 8 32
2 South Carolina 70.43 2 15 16
3 Delaware 70.02 15 1 32
4 Nevada 67.15 13 2 22
5 New Jersey 65.34 6 23 3
6 California 65.02 5 19 41
7 New York 65.00 9 5 41
8 Georgia 63.17 4 30 41
9 Arkansas 60.77 3 47 48
10 District of Columbia 60.64 22 4 1
11 Pennsylvania 60.02 12 22 3
12 Maryland 59.15 11 16 37
13 Utah 58.84 10 21 41
14 North Carolina 58.66 14 17 14
15 Louisiana 57.60 7 48 41
16 Texas 57.57 8 44 41
17 Nebraska 57.42 21 13 3
18 Mississippi 56.76 16 26 3
19 Alabama 56.25 19 25 16
20 Iowa 53.00 17 32 37
21 Tennessee 52.55 20 35 22
22 Illinois 52.14 18 33 48
23 Massachusetts 51.93 23 36 3
24 South Dakota 51.20 27 20 3
25 Minnesota 50.99 31 6 16
26 Virginia 50.32 26 12 51
27 Oregon 50.13 44 3 37
28 Missouri 49.88 25 34 3
29 Ohio 48.76 24 45 16
30 Vermont 48.32 37 10 22
31 Arizona 47.40 28 18 48
32 Colorado 46.89 40 11 22
33 Hawaii 46.30 33 24 28
34 Wisconsin 45.60 35 28 14
35 Washington 45.05 39 14 37
36 Connecticut 44.37 32 29 32
37 Indiana 43.70 29 40 32
38 Rhode Island 43.65 30 38 32
39 Oklahoma 41.93 34 50 16
40 North Dakota 41.76 51 7 3
41 New Hampshire 41.55 49 9 16
42 Montana 41.49 36 37 41
43 West Virginia 40.77 41 46 1
44 Maine 40.52 47 27 3
45 New Mexico 39.06 43 39 22
46 Alaska 38.81 46 31 28
47 Kentucky 38.69 42 41 22
48 Idaho 37.72 48 42 3
49 Kansas 36.94 45 43 28
50 Michigan 36.62 38 51 28
51 Wyoming 34.73 50 49 3

*No. 1 = Most Vulnerable

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