Identity theft protection: Your questions answered

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Identity theft can ruin your life. But there are ways to protect yourself.

Today, officials from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, the FBI and the Federal Trade Commission were here at FOX 8 to answer your questions about identity theft — how you can protect yourself, ways to avoid becoming a victim, and what to do if you’ve been a victim of this crime.

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Anyone can become a victim of identity theft. **CLICK HERE to read more on how Congressman Renacci is helping others after he was a victim**

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office, the FBI, and the FTC have some great resources to help you protect yourself from identity theft. Check those out below.

From the FTC:

Protecting yourself from identity theft:

    • Read your credit card and bank statements carefully and often
    • Shred any documents  that have personal and financial information
    • Review each of your three credit reports at least once a year. Click here to get your free reports
    • Click here for much more on identity theft protection from the FTC

What to do if you think your identity has been stolen:

  • Set up your personalized recovery plan by clicking here
  • Call the companies that have the wrong identity information
  • Put a fraud alert on your credit report and get a copy
  • Report the identity theft to the FTC
  • File a report with your local police
 
 From the FBI:
  • Click here for important identity theft information
  • Click here for the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center
  • Click here for information on Tax Return Fraud

 

From the Ohio Attorney General’s Office:

  • Click here for help for identity theft victims
  • Click here for repairing, rectifying, and resolving identity theft
  • Click here for much more identity theft information