Reported cases of identity theft declining in Alabama

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Reported cases of fraud and identity theft in Alabama dropped 6 percent from 2012 to 2013.

Alan Alexander
Reporter- Birmingham Business Journal


The number of reported cases of fraud, identity theft and other consumer complaints have slightly decreased in Alabama from 2012 to 2013, according to a report from the Federal Trade Commission.

The Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book shows that Alabama reported 24,530 total fraud complaints in 2012. More than 5,000 of those complaints were related to identity theft.

In 2013, Alabama recorded 23,057 total complaints with around 3,600 of those related to identity theft.

While that represents a six percent decrease in total reported cases, Gary Warner, director of computer forensics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, says that a decrease in claims could point to a lack of knowledge of reporting the crimes among consumers.

Warner suggests that the public can help themselves and others by being proactive about reporting suspected cases of identity theft and educating themselves about the process.

“You will want to call your local police to let them know about the crimes against you,” Warner said. “If someone has stolen your identity or has scammed you, it’s likely they are targeting others as well.”

California reported the most total complaints in 2013 with 241,274, followed by Florida with 195,103 and Texas with 156,611.

Alan Alexander covers health care, technology and education for the Birmingham Business Journal. Click here to follow him on Twitter.

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