TOPEKA (KSNT) – Topeka and Manhattan took the top spots for the highest concentrations of people impacted by identity theft in Kansas.
In Kansas, there were a total of 6,511 cases of identity theft reported in 2022 to the FTC. Credit card fraud and bank fraud were the two highest categories of identity theft. Topeka had the highest percentage of identity theft in the Kansas metro areas with 0.43% of the population impacted.
Once identity thieves have your personal information they can drain bank accounts, run up credit card charges, open utility accounts and even get medical treatment on your insurance plan, according to IdentityTheft.gov.
There could be clues someone has your information such as unknown bank withdrawals, not receiving bills or mail, merchants refusing checks, debt collectors calling for debts that aren’t yours and more.
|Identity Theft Type||Number of Reports||Percentage|
|Credit Card Fraud||1,663||29%|
|Other Identity Theft||962||17%|
|Government Documents or Benefits Fraud||897||16%|
|Employment or Tax-Related Fraud||603||11%|
|Loan or Lease Fraud||554||10%|
|Phone or Utility Fraud||252||4%|
The FTC advises Americans to closely guard their social security number and shred charge receipts, copies of credit applications and other sensitive information. Individuals who’ve already been victimized should place a credit freeze or fraud alert on their credit report and close any accounts that were tampered with.
|Metro Area||Population Size||Number of Reports||Reports Per 100k||Percent of Population Affected|