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Possible I-D theft victims seen in all U.S. states

A Georgia-based company is now saying that some residents of all fifty states, the District of Columbia and three U.S. territories may have been affected by a case where criminals gained access to its massive database of personal information. ChoicePoint says the largest number of potential identity theft victims -- 34,000-- is in California. The company is notifying by mail the more than 140,000 people who may have been affected. California authorities say as many as a-half million people may have been affected, but ChoicePoint disputes that number. ChoicePoint acknowledged last week that thieves apparently used previously stolen identities to create what appeared to be legitimate businesses seeking ChoicePoint accounts. The bandits then opened up accounts and received volumes of data on consumers, including names, addresses, Social Security numbers and credit reports. Investigators in California say at least 750 people were defrauded.

The following is a breakdown of the number of warning notices ChoicePoint Inc. sent to residents in all 50 states.

Alaska: 251

Alabama: 1,338

Arkansas: 696

Arizona: 1,730

California: 34,114

Colorado: 4,500

Connecticut: 5,952

District of Columbia: 338

Delaware: 1,072

Florida: 10,216

Georgia: 2,805

Guam: 4

Hawaii: 677

Iowa: 809

Idaho: 3,216

Illinois: 5,025

Indiana: 2,307

Kansas: 1,613

Kentucky: 2,130

Louisiana: 1,261

Massachusetts: 1,122

Maine: 257

Maryland: 2,750

Michigan: 2,318

Minnesota: 2,338

Missouri: 1,635

Mississippi: 1,317

Montana: 107

North Carolina: 6,983

North Dakota: 137

Nebraska: 572

New Hampshire: 205

New Jersey: 4,793

New Mexico: 935

Nevada: 739

New York: 9,370

Ohio: 2,680

Oklahoma: 795

Oregon: 1,947

Pennsylvania: 1,864

Puerto Rico: 35

Rhode Island: 203

South Carolina: 2,372

South Dakota: 140

Tennessee: 1,153

Texas: 11,081

Utah: 986

Virginia: 1,494

Virgin Islands: 2

Vermont: 111

Washington: 3,189

Wisconsin: 830

West Virginia: 210

Wyoming: 54

TOTAL: 144,778

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