Friday, June 24, 2011

Identity theft continues to be problem in Arizona

Arizona ranks second in the country in cases of identity theft, only behind Florida.
In 2009, according to the East Valley Tribune, there were 119 reports of identity theft for every 100,000 residents in the state of Arizona.
Florida was at 122 per 100,000.
The high number is connected with illegal immigration. Many illegal immigrants are looking for work in the United States and need real names and Social Security numbers.

"The biggest source of identity theft in Arizona involves stealing of personal information to gain unemployment," Jerry Cobb of the Maricopa County Attorney's Office said. "The working population is targeted."
Because people are looking for work when they steal identities, the highest age bracket for identities being taken is 18-39.

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