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...