Michele Spring Reporting:

(Thursday, December 27, 2018) Tuscarawas County, Ohio – The Department of Commerce is sharing identity theft information and resources to help recognize risks and threats.

Outreach and Education Manager Dan Orzano says criminals are becoming more sophisticated and will access your personal information despite all the security measures in place.

“A couple things you might look out for – people sometimes will get bills in the mail from maybe places they don’t shop, they may be getting calls for collection, again, money they didn’t spend. Also, they may see things on their bank account, withdraws they didn’t authorize or didn’t make, so things like that to keep an eye out for.”

Orzano says depending on what information was lost or compromised, there are ways to protect from further theft.

“Depending on where you think that information was stolen, you should call your bank if you think there were withdrawals in your account. You should call your credit card companies, they can put holds on your cards, and they can do a lot of things. You can also file a police report that is always possible in your jurisdiction.”

Orzano’s tip for credit card users is to keep the 800 numbers for all of your credit cards, written down and stored in the event one is stolen or compromised. Residents can also call the Ohio Attorney General’s Office Consumer Hotline at 1-800-282-0515 to report any fraudulent activity.

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