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Mississippi Ranks 18th for Identity Theft

JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — A new report ranks Mississippi 18th among all states for identity theft. Researchers at Construction Coverage say the Federal Trade Commission received 4714 reports of identity theft last year in Mississippi, about 158 per 100,000 residents. While that’s below the national average of 198 per 100,000 residents, Mississippi saw a 63% increase in identity theft reports from 2018 to 2019, and the most common form of identity theft was a loan or lease fraud. While Americans of all ages are at risk for identity theft, the FTC received the most identity theft from people aged 30-39; millennials seem more willing to share their personal data online and less fearful of their information being compromised than other age groups – a combination that makes them especially vulnerable.

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