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Published: Oct 17, 2023 6 min read
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This year is on track to become one of the worst on record for identity theft.

In the first half of 2023, Americans have lodged more than half a million complaints of identity theft, according to the latest data from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Residents in certain cities — especially in Georgia and Florida — may be particularly vulnerable.

“I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say it is the biggest non-violent crime issue that we’re facing,” says Eva Velasquez, president and CEO of the nonprofit Identity Theft Resource Center.

As of June, the FTC’s database contained nearly 560,000 complaints related to identity theft, putting 2023 on track to exceed 1 million complaints nationwide. Cases of identity theft can run the gamut, but in general, scammers use someone else's personal information to take out a loan, steal government benefits or commit another type of financial fraud.

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