In 2019, the Federal Trade Commission’s Consumer Sentinel Network took in 650,572 identity theft reports, which represented 20% of all fraud reports. The agency said that 88% of those were credit card fraud with 29% tax fraud — an important reminder as we approach the April 15 tax filing deadline.

Larry Magid (Gary Reyes / Mercury News)

There are victims in nearly every age group, with the biggest chunk (170,255) between the ages of 30 and 39. When it comes to reports per 100,000 population, Georgia leads the way (427) followed by Florida (304) and California (257) with Texas and Nevada tied for fourth (256).

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