Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today warned service members to watch for signs of identity theft. The warning comes following the announcement of recent federal data breaches and prior to Military Consumer Protection Day, which is Wednesday, July 15.
"Anyone can be affected by identity theft, but if you're a military family, it can be especially difficult to deal with," DeWine said. "A few years ago, I created an Identity Theft Unit to help people correct the damage caused by identity theft. Since then, we've helped thousands of people. We want to remind service members and all Ohioans that we're here to help."
The Attorney General's Identity Theft Unit helps victims correct the effects of identity theft, such as fraudulent accounts or credit reporting errors. Since its creation in 2012, the unit has received more than 3,300 complaints and has helped to adjust or clear approximately $900,000, according to consumer complaint data.
Identity theft occurs when someone obtains and uses an individual's personal information without permission to commit fraud. The effects of identity theft can be especially hard on military members and their families. In 2014, identity theft was the number one military complaint filed with the Federal Trade Commission, representing 27 percent of all military consumer complaints. Read more and find a list of identity theft warning signs at the Record-Courier....
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