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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.


New Medicare cards in mail soon to fight fraud, ID theft, scams

The replacement cards, required by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, are intended to fight fraud, identity theft and scams ... as well as in Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, ...

Published:  Tue, 03 Jul 2018 13:06:00 GMT

Various S. Indiana traffic stops lead to drugs, multiple arrests

(WHAS11) - Indiana State Police say recent traffic stops led to the ... Officials say during the stop, a trooper seized 59 fraudulent credit cards that allegedly contained identity theft victim's Fort...

Published:  Tue, 03 Jul 2018 18:19:00 GMT

On the record - July 14

Identity theft reported at the police station ... Commerce St., Brownstown, $135,000. Nobody covers Seymour, Indiana and the surrounding areas like The Tribune.

Published:  Fri, 13 Jul 2018 23:12:00 GMT

Kermit Washington sentenced to six years in federal prison

The identity theft victim, identified in court documents as "T.G ... The Spurs are coming off a 10-point loss to the Indiana Pacers and a 95-90 win over the Washington Wizards. San Antonio has four pl...

Published:  Sun, 15 Jul 2018 04:15:00 GMT

ISP seizes drugs, cash, fraudulent credit cards in traffic stops

SOUTHERN INDIANA - Three recent traffic stops in Southern Indiana ... allegedly obtained through identity theft. On June 28, a traffic stop on Interstate 64 in Scott County led to the arrest of Louisv...

Published:  Tue, 03 Jul 2018 18:14:00 GMT

Providers from 35 states charged in healthcare fraud crackdown: Here's the breakdown

Indiana: Eight charged in healthcare fraud schemes to defraud ... unlawful distribution of controlled substances, aggravated identity theft and money laundering. One case involved two false-front medi...

Published:  Tue, 03 Jul 2018 12:52:00 GMT

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