Being number one is not always good. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) statistics regarding identity theft have placed Kansas squarely in the No. 1 position among all states. Here in the Sunflower State, between 2019 and 2020, the number of ID theft reports increased from 2,272 to a whopping 43,211. That amounts to an incredible 1,801.9% rise.
Your Better Business Bureau (BBB) urges Kansans to take steps toward protection of their identities ahead of scammers’ attempts. Repairing the damage done by ID thieves can be expensive and may take years. The problem is made all the worse by the fact that it can go undetected for a long period of time. Victims may not realize the theft has occurred until substantial damage has been done to their assets, credit and reputation. It’s far better to take a proactive approach before crooks try to pull you into a financial nightmare.
What you can do now
It only takes a sliver of personal information for a thief to…