SAN DIEGO — The capital of Illinois and two Montana cities–Bozeman and Missoula–were the hot spots for identity fraud in 2006, according to ID Analytics Inc.

A number of North Dakota counties also were cited in the report from San Diego-based ID Analytics, which uses data drawn from its cross-industry ID Network to calculate fraud rates based on the total number of reported successful and attempted identity frauds divided by the number of applications.

"This may indicate a trend toward popularization of this crime, as well as point out that perpetrators are discovering that they can act under the radar in these remote rural areas," says Stephen Coggeshall, ID Analytics' chief technology officer.

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