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Report ranks Michigan among most vulnerable to ID theft

Michigan ranks sixth in the nation for vulnerability to identity theft,  according to a study released Thursday by Wallethub.


Jill Gonzalez is an analyst with Wallethub. She said the report looked at complaints per capita, average loss amount and protective legislation.




“Unfortunately Michigan only has one of the big three policy legislation or regulation here in place. We looked at things like the availability of security freeze laws for minors credit reports, and that’s really kicked up within the past three years or so.”  


Gonzalez said Michigan ranks number two in the nation for the most identity theft complaints per capita.


“We looked at essentially the availability of identity passport programs, which help people who have been victims of identity theft, reclaim their identity.”


Gonzalez said two-factor authentication on bank and email accounts can help protect against identity theft.