Florida: Highest Identity Theft Rates

Florida has the nation's highest rate of identity theft.

That's according to federal prosecutors.

According to the Federal Trade Commission data in 2012, there were more than 361 complaints of identity theft for every 100,000 residents.

Experts say filing early is crucial.

"There is no better way to prevent yourself from being a victim, than to file as early as possible. The reason is, that if you file early, you have beat the criminal to the punch. The fraudster then cannot use your number to file, because the IRS will reject their tax return." Wifredo Ferrer, U.S. Attorney, South Florida.

Other ways to minimize your chance of becoming a victim include only give out your social security number when required.

Also, check your credit report every 12 months.

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