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October 5, 2015

Identity theft has become the No. 1 fraud complaint among consumers, with a total of 332,646 cases filed with the federal government last year.

By that standard, New Jerseyans aren’t doing that bad; they ranked 19th among states in 2014 with 7,144 complaints made to law enforcement. The number of victims in New Jersey came to about 80 for every 100,000 of population.

Nationally, identity theft is on the rise. But New Jersey went from ranking 12th in 2013 to 19th in 2014, with virtually the same number of complaints each year. The total number of complaints nationally went from 290,000 to 333,000.

Florida is the state with the most identity-theft complaints -- 186 per 100,000 population -- followed by Washington, Oregon, Missouri, and Georgia.

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