Reports of Identity Theft, State by State

Identity Theft

Robert M. Ryerson is the author of the book What’s the Deal with Identity Theft? A Plain English Look at Our Fastest Growing Crime. A Certified Financial Planner who serves with Freehold, New Jersey-based New Century Planning, Robert M. Ryerson has leveraged his expertise on the topics of identity theft, cryptocurrencies, and other facets of contemporary financial life to give numerous public presentations and college lectures.

According to the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book 2017, Michigan led the nation in the number of identity theft reports per capita that year. The state experienced 151 reports for every 100,000 residents. Florida and California ranked second and third, with 149 and 140 reports, respectively, for every 100,000 of their citizens. Rounding out the top five were Maryland and Nevada.

Had it been ranked as a state, the District of Columbia would have taken first place, with 192 reports of identity theft per 100,000 residents.

The complete FTC data can be viewed, state by state, on the agency’s website.

Published by Robert Ryerson

A financial professional with more than three decades of experience, Robert Ryerson works closely with clients in the Freehold, New Jersey, area to meet their financial planning needs. As a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) at New Century Planning, he focuses on retirement income planning, as well as estate administration, regularly assisting his clients with legacy and estate planning. He also advises them on health and disability insurance, including Medicare, Medicaid, and Medicare Supplement Plans. Mr. Ryerson’s many years helping his clients navigate the complexities of retirement planning gave him a deeper understanding of the healthcare costs that retirees face. In 2013, he drew upon this knowledge to co-author the book What You Don’t Know About Retirement Will Hurt You. Outside of his work at New Century Planning, Robert M. Ryerson is a regular fixture at workshops and seminars on retirement. He has delivered several keynote speeches on the often-confusing topic of required minimum distributions. Mr. Ryerson continues to share his financial expertise as a facilitator of online courses for Certified Public Accountants through The Society for Financial Awareness. In the early 2010s, Mr. Ryerson became concerned about the threat of identity theft after noting the many cybersecurity breaches suffered by major companies. He became a Certified Identity Theft Risk Management Specialist (CITRMS) in 2014. He has since taught identity theft recovery courses at local community colleges. Mr. Ryerson also wrote a book on the topic entitled What’s the Deal with Identity Theft: A Plain English Look at Our Fastest Growing Crime. A graduate of Rutgers University with a degree in economics, Mr. Ryerson began his career in the financial services industry as a stockbroker. He obtained his CFP designation in 1991 and began working as an independent financial planner a few years later. In addition, he is a notary public.

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