Beware: Identity Thieves Target Two States People who live in New York, especially around New York City, and those who live in California, especially around Los Angeles, are far more likely to be the victims of identity theft than people who live elsewhere, according to a new study just released by ID Analytics Inc., a San Diego fraud security firm. Coming in a close third on this list is Nevada, while the residents of Wyoming, Vermont, and Montana are least likely to have their identities stolen. The top 10 states with the highest rates of identity fraud: 1. New York 2. California 3. Nevada 4. Arizona 5. Illinois 6. Hawaii 7. Oregon 8. Michigan 9. Washington 10. Texas The top 10 states with the lowest rates of identity fraud: 1. Wyoming 2. Vermont 3. Montana 4. North Dakota 5. New Hampshire 6. Ohio 7. Maine 8. Iowa 9. West Virginia 10. South Dakota Urban areas had higher fraud rates because larger populations make it easier for criminals to "operate under the radar," Stephen Coggeshall, chief technology officer at ID Analytics, told Reuters. Coggeshall said that fraud rates are elevated at high and low income ranges and are lower for those with middle incomes. People with an income above $150,000 are most at risk.