AG warns of possible ID thefts

Published 12:09 pm Friday, July 17, 2015

In the Digital Age, getting access to information is faster than ever. Unfortunately, some people use today’s technology to take information that isn’t theirs.

Since 2012 the Ohio Attorney General’s Identity Theft Unit has received more than 3,000 complaints.

In light of recent breaches of federal databases, the AG’s office warned military service members especially that identity theft could happen to them.

In 2014, identity theft was the number one military complaint filed with the Federal Trade Commission, representing 27 percent of all military consumer complaints.

Signs of identity theft include unexpected letters or phone calls, like bills for credit cards you never opened or collection calls for loans you never took out; bank and credit report problems; and issues with law enforcement or government agencies, such as not receiving expected tax documents or your tax refund.

If your personal information has been compromised in a data breach, place an initial fraud alert on your credit report. Contact one of the three major credit reporting agencies — Experian, Equifax, or TransUnion — to place the alert, which will stay on your credit report for 90 days. The alert is free and will make it more difficult for someone to open credit in your name.

Those tips are good for military personnel and anyone else. If you find yourself a victim of identity theft, it’s important to report suspicious activity to your bank or credit provider immediately.