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 http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/menus/consumer/data/idt.shtm form more information on reporting identity fraud. You can also visit the Ohio Attorney General’s Office at http://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/Individuals-and-Families/Consumers/Identity-Theft for more information.