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Source: WalletHub

List ranks most vulnerable states to identity theft and fraud

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

'Tis the season to be vigilant about personal information, and shoppers in Connecticut should be extra careful.

The personal finance website WalletHub.com released its list of the states that are most vulnerable to identity theft and fraud.

Connecticut ranks toward the back of the list, meaning it's more vulnerable than most.

Researchers compared nine metrics in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. They ranged from total number of identity complaints per 100,000 people to total cybercrime-related dollar losses per capita.

Researchers have the state at 40 with a total score of 46.15.

The top three least vulnerable states, according to WalletHub, were South Dakota, Hawaii and Maine, respectively.

The bottom three were Nevada, Florida and the District of Columbia.

WalletHub cited the Identity Theft Resource Center in its report and said a total of 690 breaches with access to more than 176 million records took place so far in 2015.

Among the biggest hacks included Anthem, CVS and the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

To check out the complete results of WalletHub's study, click here.

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