A top federal prosecutor says Florida has the highest rate of identity theft in the nation, with the information often used to commit tax fraud. 

Miami U.S. Attorney Wifredo Ferrer says that Florida had an identity theft rate in 2012 of more than 361 complaints per 100,000 residents, tops in the country. 

Authorities say tax returns should be filed early so identity thieves don't get to the IRS first.

They also say you shouldn't carry any document that includes your Social Security number.

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