Identity Theft Spikes in Tulsa

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - A new report shows identity theft jumped 14 percent in Tulsa in 2008.

The rise echoes a nationwide spike in the crime as more Americans do business online. The report by the Federal Trade Commission shows that in less than a decade, complaints of identity theft surged roughly 430 percent across the country.

Records show Tulsa logged 819 cases last year, up from 719 in 2007.

Police say they expect the trend to continue as computer-savvy criminals refine their techniques.

Credit card fraud is the most frequent type of identity theft in the Sooner State, followed by phony claims for government benefits. The FTC estimates that roughly 9 million people a year, most of them in their 40s, have their information stolen.

Tulsa ranked 265th of almost 400 U.S. cities based on the number of complaints per 100,000 residents. Oklahoma City was listed as 207th in the FTC report.

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