When Information is Lost or Exposed

Federal Trade Commission

Did you recently get a notice that says your personal information was exposed in a data breach?  Did you lose your wallet?  Or learn that an online account was hacked?

  • Social Security number
  • Online login or password
  • Debit or credit card number
  • Bank account information
  • Driver’s license information
  • Children’s personal information

Depending on what information was lost, there are steps you can take to help protect yourself from identity theft. See When Information Is Lost or Exposed.

Once identity thieves have your personal information, they can drain your bank account, run up charges on your credit cards, open new utility accounts, or get medical treatment on your health insurance.  An identity thief can file a tax refund in your name and get your refund.  In some extreme cases, a thief might even give your name to the police during an arrest.

See Warning Signs of Identity Theft

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Indiana Attorney General

Tool Kit: The Identity Theft Prevention Toolkit was designed to not only assist victims through the process of correcting their records, but to assist consumers in taking steps to minimize the risk of identity theft.

Credit Freeze: A credit freeze, also known as a security freeze, is a consumer right provided by Indiana law.  Placing a security freeze on your credit reports can block an identity thief from opening a new account or obtaining credit in your name.

Complaint Form: You can file an identity theft complaint with the Indiana Attorney General’s Office online or by filling out a printable form. You can also request a complaint form by calling (800) 382-5516 or (317) 232-6330.

See Identity Theft Prevention

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