Study Finds Nevada Ranks In Top Ten For Fraud and Identity Theft

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A new study published by the Consumer Sentinel Network found Nevada ranks fifth in the country when it comes to fraud, and sixth in the country for identity theft.

In 2012, more than 15,000 fraud complaints were filed in Nevada, and over 3,000 identity theft complaints were filed.

The study found on average, a victim of fraud will lose a little more than $500. The study found the average Nevadan will pay nine times more than that: an average of $4,500.

The report breaks down the top ten fraud and other complaint categories by Nevada consumers. These numbers were calculated by cases reported to law enforcement, other sources and the Better Business Bureau.

Topping the fraud list-debt collection. An example of this is someone calling you saying they're a debt collector, trying to get your personal information.

There were fewer reported complaints of identity theft, but topping that is list-government documents. This includes things like your social security card, taxes, and birth certificates. Credit card fraud came in at number two on the list.

The Federal Trade Commission says once identity thieves have your personal information, they can drain your bank account, run-up charges on your credit cards, open new utility accounts or get medical treatment on your health insurance.

The FTC says thieves will go to extremes to get your information. This includes going through your trash at home or at work. They can also pretend to work for legitimate companies. It's important to always have your guard up and know exactly who you are talking to.

There are some signs you can look for to see if someone has stolen your identity.
-You notice with drawls out of your bank account you didn't make.
-You stop getting bills or other mail.
-Debt collectors are calling your home for debt that isn't yours.
-You receive medical bills for services you didn't use.
-A health plan wont' cover you because your medical records show something you've never had.

For more on this report and more information from the FTC, visit Hot Topics.