Identity theft is a pervasive problem in Indiana, ensnaring an average of 12 people every day, according to the attorney general’s office. Nationally and in Indiana, identity theft has emerged as the No. 1 consumer crime, leaving nightmarish stories of deception and fraud that cause legal troubles, financial woes and personal anguish for victims.
The Federal Trade Commission said that identity theft affects enough people each year to fill Lucas Oil Stadium 138 times. The latest federal report from 2009 indicated that at least 80 Hoosiers a week reported being victims. The stolen information is primarily used to open credit cards, tap into government benefits or obtain utility services.
Homes and jobs can be lost when someone steals your identity. It can take up to a year to recover from identity theft, and each year, 9 million more people become victims.
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