Wednesday, February 14, 2007

It's official: if you live in a big city, you're more likely to be a victim of identity theft. At least, that's the conclusion reached in a study reported in this article at CNET. Apparently, residents of New York, LA, and Detroit are most likely to be victims of identity theft, while residents of more sparsely populated areas such as Wyoming, Vermont and Montana were least likely to be victimized. So what are the study's practical implications? According to Stephen Coggeshall, ID Analytics chief technology officer, the study shows that "[m]oving is a very dramatic way to reduce your identity risk." However, for those of us not interested in relocating to Wyoming, he cautioned that "[i]t is more appropriate for people to understand the risk of their area and to take the appropriate precautions."

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