When it comes to Massachusetts identity theft, while we are losing at football, we may also be losing at keeping our identity safe. What do I mean?
As you will see below, our state may need to up their game on protecting us from identity fraud.
According to Wallethub:
In recent years, significant data breaches have compromised many Americans’ personal information. U.S. consumers reported losing 30% more money due to fraud last year compared to the previous year, totaling nearly $8.8 million in losses nationwide.
A month doesn’t go by without us seeing local news stories of victims of identity theft, right here in Massachusetts. Recently a family member was called by someone claiming they are from Amazon, asking for personal information to confirm a package delivery. Of course, suspicious, the clever family member asked them to hold to confirm this with AMAZON, and the person abruptly hung up. The family member then DID call Amazon and sure enough, Amazon confirmed that they don’t call for personal data, EVER.
The most vulnerable potential victims are the elderly, who make easy targets.
83 Million Impacted
Recently a company called MOVEit reported a data breach that reportedly impacted 83 million people. The estimated cost was more than $13.7 BILLION dollars.
Risky Identity Theft States
Wallethub is out with their report on what states have the highest and lowest risk of identity theft. To determine where Americans are most susceptible to fraud and identity theft, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 14 key metrics. The data set ranges from identity theft complaints per capita to the average loss amount due to fraud.
Some tips to avoid identity theft:
-Don’t share your device with others
-Monitor your credit card and back accounts regularly
-Be EXTRA cautious with your personal information
-Ask your bank what kind of protection and alert system they provide
-NEVER, EVER open an email that looks suspicious, or if it’s from someone you don’t know, or are not expecting
-IF the email is from your company, or it looks like it’s from someone you know, but you where not expecting it, DO NOT click on link. Check with the person who sent it first
-Sign up for credit monitoring
When it comes to Massachusetts identity theft, how do we do, against other New England states? The higher the rank, the higher the theft.