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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.

 

Police Seek Identity Of Suspect In Indiana Co. Walmart Theft

WHITE TOWNSHIP (KDKA) - Pennsylvania State Police in Indiana County are trying to identify a retail theft suspect. According to police, an unknown white man entered the Walmart on Oakland Avenue ...

Published:  Mon, 11 Feb 2019 12:53:00 GMT



FHP: Traffic stop leads to more than 100 felony identity theft charges

Once a probable cause search was conducted, troopers found 23 fraudulent Florida driver licenses and one fraudulent Indiana license ... County Jail on 133 felony charges related to identity theft. Tro...

Published:  Sun, 10 Feb 2019 13:42:00 GMT



Superintendent Quits After Arrest For Allegedly Using Her Insurance To Help Sick Student

Casey Smitherman, who was charged with insurance fraud and identity theft, said she was resigning to prevent further negative attention. An Indiana school superintendent who was arrested for allegedly ...

Published:  Mon, 04 Feb 2019 07:12:00 GMT



Criminals Beware: Indiana Department of Revenue is Ready for Tax Season

The Indiana Department of Revenue's (DOR) Identity Theft and Tax Fraud Prevention Program is a national leader, stopping over $110 million in attempted identity theft and tax refund fraud since 2014. ...

Published:  Mon, 11 Feb 2019 07:21:00 GMT



Southland crime: Oak Forest police investigating reported gunshots outside Rocking Horse Saloon, more

Jamison, 49, 1000 block of Indiana Street, Glenwood ... FRAUD: Devonta Smith, 29, Forest Park, was arrested and accused of identity theft and resisting/obstructing a peace officer Jan. 30 at Best Buy, ...

Published:  Tue, 12 Feb 2019 15:11:00 GMT



Elkhart woman pleads guilty to murder

Under her accepted plea bargain, Castillo will face 45 years of incarceration with the Indiana Department of Corrections ... where she was facing charges of theft, identity theft and providing false i...

Published:  Thu, 14 Feb 2019 16:49:00 GMT



Lawsuits over signature dances latest effort at athlete identity

Lawsuits over the alleged theft of dance moves were filed in courts last month ... An individual's right of publicity is the right to control the commercial use of his or her own identity, including t...

Published:  Mon, 04 Feb 2019 05:27:00 GMT



Police seeking identity of individual involved in check fraud at several businesses

The Jasper Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifying a woman in connection with a theft, check fraud, counterfeiting and forgery investigation is ongoing in several So uthern In...

Published:  Thu, 14 Feb 2019 13:29:00 GMT



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