It doesn’t matter who you are or where you live: Individuals of any age, gender, religion and zip code are all potential victims of ID theft. However, data from the Federal Trade Commission shows that certain zip codes may have ahigher incidence of identity theft for a number of reasons, ranging from economic hardship to the number of illegal immigrants in need of legitimate identification.
According to data from PC Magazine, more than 12 million individuals are victims of identity theft every year, with cases ranging from credit card fraud to full-on theft involving obtaining licenses and even marriage certificates. Last year alone, more than $18 billion was spent by the United States to help fight the crime, and that number seems to go up every year.
Major cities, with their high volume of inhabitants compared to more rural locals, are naturally havens for ID theft. And while New York City and Los Angeles – the two largest metros in the country – are come in at number two and number three, respectively, with 23,297 and 18,254 victims last year, Miami, a locale with a significantly smaller population, had an exponentially larger incidence of the crime, with 35,914 cases reported.
What’s more concerning is the fact that right behind New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago in the third spot is another Florida city, Tampa, which reports the fifth highest number of cases of identity theft.
All of this means that if you are a Florida residence, it seems that you may be more at risk of the crime than if you lived in any other state. But, again, thieves are targeting anyone who could potentially be an easy target for ID Theft.