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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.


Former Indiana man to pay $2M in child support

It was 1993 in Hamilton County, Indiana when Linda Iseler's husband ... Hoagland got caught for identity theft when a man was looking up his uncle, the "real" Terry Syminsky, on When he saw that his uncle from Ohio had property in Florida ...

Published:  Fri, 18 May 2018 12:44:00 GMT

The Man with the Stolen Name

selling their personal information to identity theft rings on the outside for a share of the spoils, but recent cases also show that inmates often don't know their identities were stolen. In January, a Crown Point, Indiana, man was sentenced to 61 months ...

Published:  Tue, 15 May 2018 10:14:00 GMT

Wabash Valley Crime Stoppers: ISU Theft Report

this week's crime stoppers case comes from the files of the indiana state university police. according to an isu detective, a theft report was filed on april ... if you have any information on the identity of the suspect involved, call our tip line at ...

Published:  Thu, 17 May 2018 20:24:00 GMT

Spring clean your digital life

The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the Better Business Bureau (BBB) remind consumers and businesses to protect themselves from identity theft. "A single breach ... Business Bureau serving Northern Indiana. Contact the BBB at 800-552-4631 ...

Published:  Fri, 11 May 2018 03:36:00 GMT

POLICE NEWS: Drowsy driver leads to two-car collision

According to Indiana State Police, the crash took place near the ... On Monday, Jose Lara, Tulsa, Oklahoma, reported to Goshen police being the victim of identity theft around 8 a.m. April 26. " Dolores Kramer, Middlebury, reported to Elkhart County ...

Published:  Tue, 15 May 2018 14:31:00 GMT

On the record - May 19

false identity statement, no bond; out-of-county hold, 10:38 p.m. Thursday. Katherine Danielle Richardson, 24, Columbus, dealing in methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, visiting/maintaining a common nuisance, auto theft, driving while suspended ...

Published:  Fri, 18 May 2018 23:33:00 GMT

Fighting Fraud: CBS4 investigates how often hackers, scammers are hitting Hoosiers

Identity theft has exploded in recent years and a CBS4 Problem Solvers investigation found that while it's not slowing down, there is no way to know exactly how many people in Indiana are being affected. One person who was adversely affected is Michele ...

Published:  Tue, 08 May 2018 20:19:00 GMT

Arrest Log: May 7

Ingalls police arrested Ian Nathanial Norman, 25, 7300 block of West Indiana 38, Pendleton ... A $10,000 bond each was set on Level 6 felony identity deception, Class A misdemeanor theft, Level 5 felony fraud on financial institutions and Level 6 felony ...

Published:  Mon, 07 May 2018 06:00:00 GMT

Crime Stoppers: The accused ISU thief

(WTHI) - This week's Crime Stoppers case comes from the files of the Indiana State University Police. According to an ISU detective, a theft report was filed on ... If you have any information on the identity of the suspect involved, call our tip line ...

Published:  Thu, 17 May 2018 20:43:00 GMT

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