Louisiana in middle of U.S. data breach pack

    Nearly two-thirds of American adults report having been personally caught up in a major data breach, and more than 40% have dealt with fraudulent credit card charges.

    Last year alone, the Federal Trade Commission says its Consumer Sentinel Network—an online database available only to law enforcement—fielded some 3 million fraud complaints, 4% more than in 2017. Roughly 25% of the complaints led to a financial loss, with losses totaling $1.48 billion, or a median loss of $375 per complaint.

    Using the new data from the FTC, San Diego-based security data and research firm Security.org has ranked U.S. states based on the number of fraud reports in 2018. Louisiana is ranked in the middle of the pack overall, at No. 26, and No. 16 for identity theft. The median fraud loss here was $391.

    Business Report took a look at the most common types of fraud claims in the Bayou State last year, click to see a chart that breaks down the data.

     

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