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Identity Theft in Indiana

Indiana MapTo 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.


BBB Hosts Free Document Shredding

... Business Bureau serving Northern Indiana and the Indiana State Police are partnering together to host their semi-annual Shred Day, an event created to promote awareness about identity theft and fr...

Published:  Thu, 20 Sep 2018 07:57:00 GMT

Indiana man crashes stolen car, causes disturbance at hospital

An Indiana man said he felt like he was "in ... He has been charged with vehicle theft, disorderly conduct and identity theft, among other charges.

Published:  Sat, 15 Sep 2018 08:05:01 GMT

Robocalls pose a challenge for lawmakers, attorney general's office

"The Identity Theft Unit was formed to focus on the problem of identity ... they are often outside of the United States, far beyond the reach of Indiana prosecutors. "We are currently involved in seve...

Published:  Sat, 15 Sep 2018 16:06:00 GMT

Indiana lawmaker: Robocalls 'out of control'

"So they're held responsible and cannot back away from those charges." Senior Deputy Attorney General of Data Privacy and Identity Theft Unit of Indiana's Attorney General's Office Marguerite Sweeney ...

Published:  Tue, 11 Sep 2018 15:32:00 GMT

Indiana man wrecks stolen car, says he felt like he was "˜in a dream'

A man who crashed a stolen car on the Indiana Toll Road Thursday ... Jail and was charged with vehicle theft, unauthorized control of a motor vehicle, identity deception, theft of property ...

Published:  Sat, 15 Sep 2018 20:49:00 GMT

Police: Elkhart man crashed stolen vehicle on Indiana Toll Road, stating he felt like he was in a 'dream'

Indiana State Police took a report of the crash at 9:32 ... Aaron was ultimately charged with vehicle theft, unauthorized control of a motor vehicle, identity deception, theft of property, disorderly ...

Published:  Sat, 15 Sep 2018 19:00:00 GMT

Disbarred St. Louis County lawyer took mail from post office, used stolen credit cards

LOUIS "¢ A disbarred lawyer pleaded guilty to a federal charge of aggravated identity theft Thursday and admitted stealing ... Cohen was arrested in Indiana with 90 stolen credit cards in 2015, which t...

Published:  Thu, 13 Sep 2018 10:39:00 GMT

Police: Elkhart man who crashed stolen car said he felt like he was in a dream

UPDATE: Indiana State Police have issued a new ... Unauthorized Control of a Motor Vehicle, Identity Deception, Theft of Property, Disorderly Conduct, and False Informing Assisting: La Porte ...

Published:  Sat, 15 Sep 2018 05:56:00 GMT

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