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Identity Theft in Indiana

To protect yourself against identity theft in Indiana, the Federal Trade Commission recommends a number of simple-yet-often-overlooked strategies.

First, keep your devices secure. Make sure to install and use anti-spyware software, anti-virus software, and a firewall (and if you aren't sure where to get reputable products in these categories, consult the expert of your choice). Never open files, download programs, or click on links from strangers - and be careful with any emails you receive from people you know that look unusual (e.g. the well-known scam where you get an email saying that your friend is stranded in a foreign country and needs you to wire money to his motel in order to buy a plane ticket home). Be careful with the information you transmit over a Wi-Fi connection, as your data may not be protected. Don't keep financial information on your laptop unnecessarily, and always log off when you are finished using it; this will make it less likely that you will become a victim of identity theft.

Second, keep your personal information secure offline as well. Don't carry your Social Security card with you when you don't need it, and if you have a Medicare card, make a copy and black out all but the last four numbers on the copy; this should be sufficient for all but the first visit to your doctor. Whenever you are asked to share identifying information, particularly your SSN, find out if it is required to provide it, how it will be used, and how it will be protected.

Finally, for an added layer of protection from identity theft, consider using Identity Theft Protection services: it can be well worth the cost to have the peace of mind of knowing that your personal information, credit use, and other details are being monitored around-the-clock for any fraudulent activity, and that any unusual transactions will be detected in moments, rather than days or months.

Taking these measures will make it less likely that you will become one of the more than 4,000 people in Indiana who becomes a victim of identity theft in an average year.


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Identity Theft In The News

Less than one in 10 Americans take necessary steps to prevent identity theft

Think of all the ways you could be a victim of a crime. Do you classify any of these methods as inevitable In almost every scenario, it is not even close to inevitability, with one major exception: I...

Published:  Fri, 22 Feb 2019 23:11:00 GMT

Identity theft: Don't let your guard down

If you know better, you'll do better, right Well, not always. For instance, in a survey of more than 1,200 people, a majority said they believed that having their identity stolen woul...

Published:  Sat, 23 Feb 2019 07:15:00 GMT

How to use a credit freeze to combat identity theft

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Published:  Thu, 21 Feb 2019 07:06:00 GMT

Protect yourself from identity theft

In a recent column, we talked about a number of helpful resources for more information about scams, how to avoid them and what to do if you become a victim. One resource was contact information if you ...

Published:  Fri, 22 Feb 2019 07:16:00 GMT

Protecting Yourself Against Identity Theft

Not a day passes without news of data thefts that put all of us in danger. A recent report says that over 5 billion data records were breached in 2018. You can be pretty certain that mine and ...

Published:  Fri, 22 Feb 2019 07:49:00 GMT

Petersburg fights identity theft in Minnesota

Identity theft is a growing problem across the United States and in Minnesota - a crime that is difficult to detect and hard to rectify. But even as consumers become more alert and protected against t...

Published:  Thu, 21 Feb 2019 14:12:00 GMT

Child identity theft on the rise

COLUMBIA - At least 1 million children were impacted by identity theft in the past year. A 2018 study conducted by Javelin found the identity fraud resulted in more than $2.6 billion in total losses, ...

Published:  Wed, 20 Feb 2019 16:12:00 GMT

Two arrests made in identity theft case

Auburn Police Detectives have arrested 27-year-old Nathan Gibson on Feb. 14 on charges of stealing an elderly man's wallet out of his car. The car had been parked in the victim's garage on Rosemary Dr...

Published:  Fri, 22 Feb 2019 16:03:00 GMT

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