The Most Scammed States in America

  • Scams, Scams Everywhere

    If you’ve ever received an e-mail asking for your credit card or Social Security number to claim a prize, you’ve been targeted by a scammer. Every year, the Federal Trade Commission releases a report on the state of fraud and identity theft in America, tracking instances of identity theft and fraud complaints through the Consumer Sentinel Network, a database used by law enforcement. The most recent report looks at data from 2009, and shows that fraud and identity theft complaints continue to rise. The median amount paid to scammers involved in those complaints was $399. Unsurprisingly, credit cards are involved in 40% of fraud complaints and your plastic is also the leading way you can become an identity theft victim, with 17% of all cases pointing to credit cards as the leak. MainStreet has gathered up the 10 states that have the highest rate of both fraud complaints and identity theft victims to give you the most-scammed states in the U.S. Be vigilant. Photo Credit: TheTruthAbout...
    10th Most-Scammed State: California
  • 10th Most-Scammed State: California

    Fraud complaints (per 100,000 population): 332.3 Identity theft victims (per 100,000 population): 114.2 Total scam rate: 446.5 Photo Credit: tensaibuta
    9th Most-Scammed State: Delaware
  • 9th Most-Scammed State: Delaware

    Fraud complaints (per 100,000 population): 369.3 Identity theft victims (per 100,000 population): 81.9 Total scam rate: 451.2 Photo Credit: World Economic Forum
    8th Most-Scammed State: Washington
  • 8th Most-Scammed State: Washington

    Fraud complaints (per 100,000 population): 376.1 Identity theft victims (per 100,000 population): 77.2 Total scam rate: 453.3 Photo Credit: fddi1
    7th Most-Scammed State: Oregon
  • 7th Most-Scammed State: Oregon

    Fraud complaints (per 100,000 population): 391.7 Identity theft victims (per 100,000 population): 67.5 Total scam rate: 459.2 Photo Credit: Bandita
    6th Most-Scammed State: Arizona
  • 6th Most-Scammed State: Arizona

    Fraud complaints (per 100,000 population): 352.7 Identity theft victims (per 100,000 population): 119.4 Total scam rate: 472.1 Photo Credit: Ken Lund
    5th Most-Scammed State: Florida
  • 5th Most-Scammed State: Florida

    Fraud complaints (per 100,000 population): 361.9 Identity theft victims (per 100,000 population): 122.3 Total scam rate: 484.2 Photo Credit: Karen Horton
    4th Most-Scammed State: Maryland
  • 4th Most-Scammed State: Maryland

    Fraud complaints (per 100,000 population): 393.6 Identity theft victims (per 100,000 population): 91.8 Total scam rate: 485.4 Photo Credit: Scaramouche!
    3rd Most-Scammed State: Colorado
  • 3rd Most-Scammed State: Colorado

    Fraud complaints (per 100,000 population): 412.4 Identity theft victims (per 100,000 population): 95 Total scam rate: 507.4 Photo Credit: gregor_y
    2nd Most-Scammed State: Nevada
  • 2nd Most-Scammed State: Nevada

    Fraud complaints (per 100,000 population): 412.9 Identity theft victims (per 100,000 population): 106 Total scam rate: 518.9 Photo Credit: matze_ott
    The Most-Scammed State: Washington, D.C.
  • The Most-Scammed State: Washington, D.C.

    Fraud complaints (per 100,000 population): 528.8 Identity theft victims (per 100,000 population): 150.4 Total scam rate: 679.2 Photo Credit: Ed Yourdon
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  • 10 Scams Targeting Seniors

    MainStreet pinned down some of the scams and traps the elderly are especially vulnerable to. Here, we round them up in a story on the most popular scams targeting seniors.Photo Credit: Ruth Ellison
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