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Florida is ground zero for identity theft

Mar 16, 2011 Brian Bradley

Florida is known for many things - sunshine, no individual income taxes, oranges- but according to one recent survey it's also home to the nation's largest number of identity theft victims.
 A report from Life Lock stated that in 2009 there were 11 million Americans who fell victim to identity theft crime and that of those, Florida ranked the highest with 22,000 during the year. One person who had to deal with the negative effects of stolen identity was Charlene Rambo, who was arrested twice after someone used her name to fill out fake checks for thousands of dollars, Florida Today reports. Rambo says that the issues with ID verification have continued to cause her distress and that the person who had committed the crime was still on the loose. "It still shows everything is on hold," she told the source. "I haven't been totally exonerated. The person has not been caught." Many security experts have warned people about new risks that allow thieves to easily steal a person's identity. In a recent article for the Naked Security blog, Graham Cluley wrote that "the ability to access users' home addresses will also open up more opportunities for identity theft, combined with the other data that can already be extracted from Facebook users' profiles."