Identity Theft

Identity Theft

With more information available online, criminals have greater opportunities to steal personal information. Consumers must protect themselves.

Identity theft occurs when a criminal obtains and uses someone’s personal information — credit card numbers, bank account numbers, insurance information or Social Security number — to purchase goods or services fraudulently.

Identity theft is a state and federal crime. Those who think they are a victim of identity theft should contact their local police department or sheriff’s office and file a police report.

What To Do If Your Information Has Been Compromised

Visit the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) online at form more information on reporting identity fraud. You can also visit the Ohio Attorney General’s Office at for more information.