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    States scammed out of the most money

    Maybe it was the idea of getting rich in a brand-new investment scheme that got you; maybe it was hearing that your grandson was stuck in jail and needed $2,000 wired to him. (Spoiler alert: It wasn’t not really your grandson.) Whatever scam fooled you into opening up your wallet, you’re not alone: The Federal Trade Commission received 2.7 million reports of scams, frauds and identity theft in 2017 alone.

    The worst part of falling victim to this kind of crime? In addition to being embarrassing for their victims, scams can also be incredibly costly. In 2017, American consumers lost $905 million to fraud, identity theft and other scams. Though some groups are more susceptible to this kind of crime than others—young people between the ages of 20 and 29 reported losing money to fraud more often than older consumers—it has spread all across the country, from California to Maine. To find out which states were hit hardest by scams, Stacker gathered data on the amount of money that each state’s residents lost in 2017 using data from the Federal Trade Commission and U.S. Census Bureau, then ranked this list by states that reported the greatest monetary loss per 1,000 residents. Keep reading to find out which state lost a grand total of $89 million to scams and how residents of your state fared against fraudsters.

     

  • #52. Puerto Rico
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    #52. Puerto Rico

    Losses per 1,000 residents: $291
    Reports per 1,000 residents: 0.4 (#52 highest in the country)
    Total losses: $972,505
    Total reports: 1,304


     

  • #51. Vermont
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    #51. Vermont

    Losses per 1,000 residents: $740
    Reports per 1,000 residents: 2.6 (#36 highest in the country)
    Total losses: $461,302
    Total reports: 1,637


     

  • #50. Nebraska
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    #50. Nebraska

    Losses per 1,000 residents: $769
    Reports per 1,000 residents: 2.7 (#31 highest in the country)
    Total losses: $1,477,280
    Total reports: 5,103


     

  • #49. Maine
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    #49. Maine

    Losses per 1,000 residents: $882
    Reports per 1,000 residents: 2.6 (#38 highest in the country)
    Total losses: $1,178,173
    Total reports: 3,475


     

  • #48. New Hampshire
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    #48. New Hampshire

    Losses per 1,000 residents: $937
    Reports per 1,000 residents: 2.9 (#23 highest in the country)
    Total losses: $1,258,043
    Total reports: 3,953


     

  • #47. Rhode Island
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    #47. Rhode Island

    Losses per 1,000 residents: $1,205
    Reports per 1,000 residents: 2.6 (#39 highest in the country)
    Total losses: $1,276,753
    Total reports: 2,731


     

  • #46. Montana
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    #46. Montana

    Losses per 1,000 residents: $1,239
    Reports per 1,000 residents: 3.5 (#4 highest in the country)
    Total losses: $1,301,517
    Total reports: 3,687


     

  • #45. Idaho
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    #45. Idaho

    Losses per 1,000 residents: $1,253
    Reports per 1,000 residents: 3.1 (#14 highest in the country)
    Total losses: $2,150,981
    Total reports: 5,251


     

  • #44. Ohio
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    #44. Ohio

    Losses per 1,000 residents: $1,261
    Reports per 1,000 residents: 2.7 (#27 highest in the country)
    Total losses: $14,698,221
    Total reports: 32,050


     

  • #43. Oklahoma
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    #43. Oklahoma

    Losses per 1,000 residents: $1,265
    Reports per 1,000 residents: 2.5 (#45 highest in the country)
    Total losses: $4,972,544
    Total reports: 9,687


     

  • #42. North Dakota
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    #42. North Dakota

    Losses per 1,000 residents: $1,281
    Reports per 1,000 residents: 1.8 (#51 highest in the country)
    Total losses: $967,570
    Total reports: 1,390


     

  • #41. Wisconsin
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    #41. Wisconsin

    Losses per 1,000 residents: $1,317
    Reports per 1,000 residents: 2.7 (#33 highest in the country)
    Total losses: $7,634,601
    Total reports: 15,382


     

  • #40. Iowa
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    #40. Iowa

    Losses per 1,000 residents: $1,325
    Reports per 1,000 residents: 2.2 (#49 highest in the country)
    Total losses: $4,169,575
    Total reports: 6,984


     

  • #39. Kentucky
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    #39. Kentucky

    Losses per 1,000 residents: $1,338
    Reports per 1,000 residents: 2.7 (#32 highest in the country)
    Total losses: $5,959,371
    Total reports: 11,827


     

  • #38. Wyoming
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    #38. Wyoming

    Losses per 1,000 residents: $1,388
    Reports per 1,000 residents: 3.0 (#22 highest in the country)
    Total losses: $803,853
    Total reports: 1,712


     

  • #37. Indiana
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    #37. Indiana

    Losses per 1,000 residents: $1,398
    Reports per 1,000 residents: 2.7 (#29 highest in the country)
    Total losses: $9,319,096
    Total reports: 18,156


     

  • #36. Alabama
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    #36. Alabama

    Losses per 1,000 residents: $1,437
    Reports per 1,000 residents: 3.0 (#16 highest in the country)
    Total losses: $7,005,503
    Total reports: 14,756


     

  • #35. Alaska
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    #35. Alaska

    Losses per 1,000 residents: $1,519
    Reports per 1,000 residents: 3.0 (#21 highest in the country)
    Total losses: $1,123,694
    Total reports: 2,187


     

  • #34. New Mexico
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    #34. New Mexico

    Losses per 1,000 residents: $1,524
    Reports per 1,000 residents: 3.1 (#10 highest in the country)
    Total losses: $3,183,059
    Total reports: 6,479


     

  • #33. Michigan
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    #33. Michigan

    Losses per 1,000 residents: $1,538
    Reports per 1,000 residents: 2.6 (#37 highest in the country)
    Total losses: $15,322,302
    Total reports: 26,094


     

  • #32. Mississippi
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    #32. Mississippi

    Losses per 1,000 residents: $1,574
    Reports per 1,000 residents: 2.5 (#41 highest in the country)
    Total losses: $4,696,572
    Total reports: 7,601


     

  • #31. Massachusetts
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    #31. Massachusetts

    Losses per 1,000 residents: $1,598
    Reports per 1,000 residents: 2.6 (#34 highest in the country)
    Total losses: $10,961,979
    Total reports: 18,033


     

  • #30. Pennsylvania
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    #30. Pennsylvania

    Losses per 1,000 residents: $1,617
    Reports per 1,000 residents: 2.7 (#28 highest in the country)
    Total losses: $20,708,109
    Total reports: 34,984


     

  • #29. Virginia
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    #29. Virginia

    Losses per 1,000 residents: $1,667
    Reports per 1,000 residents: 3.1 (#13 highest in the country)
    Total losses: $14,115,290
    Total reports: 26,052


     

  • #28. Missouri
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    #28. Missouri

    Losses per 1,000 residents: $1,708
    Reports per 1,000 residents: 3.1 (#11 highest in the country)
    Total losses: $10,444,147
    Total reports: 18,947


     

  • #27. Illinois
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    #27. Illinois

    Losses per 1,000 residents: $1,713
    Reports per 1,000 residents: 2.5 (#44 highest in the country)
    Total losses: $21,933,752
    Total reports: 31,685


     

  • #26. South Carolina
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    #26. South Carolina

    Losses per 1,000 residents: $1,771
    Reports per 1,000 residents: 3.0 (#19 highest in the country)
    Total losses: $8,895,987
    Total reports: 14,959


     

  • #25. Arkansas
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    #25. Arkansas

    Losses per 1,000 residents: $1,771
    Reports per 1,000 residents: 2.8 (#25 highest in the country)
    Total losses: $5,319,578
    Total reports: 8,515


     

  • #24. Georgia
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    #24. Georgia

    Losses per 1,000 residents: $1,782
    Reports per 1,000 residents: 2.8 (#26 highest in the country)
    Total losses: $18,585,493
    Total reports: 29,352


     

  • #23. North Carolina
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    #23. North Carolina

    Losses per 1,000 residents: $1,787
    Reports per 1,000 residents: 3.0 (#20 highest in the country)
    Total losses: $18,356,048
    Total reports: 30,481


     

  • #22. Louisiana
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    #22. Louisiana

    Losses per 1,000 residents: $1,802
    Reports per 1,000 residents: 2.4 (#47 highest in the country)
    Total losses: $8,442,584
    Total reports: 11,443


     

  • #21. Minnesota
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    #21. Minnesota

    Losses per 1,000 residents: $1,815
    Reports per 1,000 residents: 2.6 (#35 highest in the country)
    Total losses: $10,119,466
    Total reports: 14,657


     

  • #20. Delaware
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    #20. Delaware

    Losses per 1,000 residents: $1,827
    Reports per 1,000 residents: 3.4 (#6 highest in the country)
    Total losses: $1,757,570
    Total reports: 3,283


     

  • #19. Colorado
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    #19. Colorado

    Losses per 1,000 residents: $1,841
    Reports per 1,000 residents: 3.1 (#9 highest in the country)
    Total losses: $10,320,817
    Total reports: 17,551


     

  • #18. Connecticut
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    #18. Connecticut

    Losses per 1,000 residents: $1,860
    Reports per 1,000 residents: 2.7 (#30 highest in the country)
    Total losses: $6,672,807
    Total reports: 9,577


     

  • #17. New Jersey
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    #17. New Jersey

    Losses per 1,000 residents: $1,864
    Reports per 1,000 residents: 2.5 (#42 highest in the country)
    Total losses: $16,787,764
    Total reports: 22,603


     

  • #16. Utah
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    #16. Utah

    Losses per 1,000 residents: $1,956
    Reports per 1,000 residents: 2.5 (#43 highest in the country)
    Total losses: $6,068,447
    Total reports: 7,681


     

  • #15. New York
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    #15. New York

    Losses per 1,000 residents: $2,024
    Reports per 1,000 residents: 2.5 (#40 highest in the country)
    Total losses: $40,166,605
    Total reports: 50,602


     

  • #14. Texas
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    #14. Texas

    Losses per 1,000 residents: $2,036
    Reports per 1,000 residents: 2.4 (#48 highest in the country)
    Total losses: $57,626,803
    Total reports: 68,641


     

  • #13. Tennessee
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    #13. Tennessee

    Losses per 1,000 residents: $2,042
    Reports per 1,000 residents: 3.0 (#18 highest in the country)
    Total losses: $13,715,621
    Total reports: 19,996


     

  • #12. Maryland
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    #12. Maryland

    Losses per 1,000 residents: $2,044
    Reports per 1,000 residents: 3.0 (#15 highest in the country)
    Total losses: $12,370,283
    Total reports: 18,347


     

  • #11. Hawaii
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    #11. Hawaii

    Losses per 1,000 residents: $2,054
    Reports per 1,000 residents: 2.9 (#24 highest in the country)
    Total losses: $2,932,199
    Total reports: 4,098


     

  • #10. Kansas
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    #10. Kansas

    Losses per 1,000 residents: $2,139
    Reports per 1,000 residents: 3.0 (#17 highest in the country)
    Total losses: $6,231,928
    Total reports: 8,687


     

  • #9. South Dakota
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    #9. South Dakota

    Losses per 1,000 residents: $2,200
    Reports per 1,000 residents: 2.0 (#50 highest in the country)
    Total losses: $1,913,100
    Total reports: 1,754


     

  • #8. California
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    #8. California

    Losses per 1,000 residents: $2,275
    Reports per 1,000 residents: 2.5 (#46 highest in the country)
    Total losses: $89,928,878
    Total reports: 97,228


     

  • #7. Oregon
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    #7. Oregon

    Losses per 1,000 residents: $2,407
    Reports per 1,000 residents: 3.2 (#7 highest in the country)
    Total losses: $9,970,135
    Total reports: 13,351


     

  • #6. Washington
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    #6. Washington

    Losses per 1,000 residents: $2,415
    Reports per 1,000 residents: 3.1 (#12 highest in the country)
    Total losses: $17,883,315
    Total reports: 22,939


     

  • #5. Nevada
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    #5. Nevada

    Losses per 1,000 residents: $2,553
    Reports per 1,000 residents: 3.6 (#3 highest in the country)
    Total losses: $7,653,255
    Total reports: 10,707


     

  • #4. Florida
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    #4. Florida

    Losses per 1,000 residents: $2,607
    Reports per 1,000 residents: 3.2 (#8 highest in the country)
    Total losses: $54,695,859
    Total reports: 66,175


     

  • #3. Arizona
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    #3. Arizona

    Losses per 1,000 residents: $2,749
    Reports per 1,000 residents: 3.5 (#5 highest in the country)
    Total losses: $19,284,844
    Total reports: 24,287


     

  • #2. West Virginia
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    #2. West Virginia

    Losses per 1,000 residents: $3,186
    Reports per 1,000 residents: 3.6 (#2 highest in the country)
    Total losses: $5,785,258
    Total reports: 6,586


     

  • #1. District of Columbia
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    #1. District of Columbia

    Losses per 1,000 residents: $3,562
    Reports per 1,000 residents: 4.2 (#1 highest in the country)
    Total losses: $2,472,017
    Total reports: 2,902


     

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