Reason: Identity fraud is rising fastest in rural areas of the Midwest and West, according to a new report by ID Analytics. The report identified the ZIP codes where ID fraud increased the fastest last year. Leading the top 10 was a ZIP code in Springfield, Ill. But the other nine were all in smaller cities in Montana and North Dakota. The trend indicates the growing popularity of the crime. Plus, perpetrators may have an easier time staying under the radar in more remote areas.
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