How to Protect Your Identity
April 29, 2015
Identity theft continues to be a threat. It is very important to protect the identities of you and your family. Here are some quick ideas from the Indiana Department of Revenue to protect your identity.
Identity theft by someone you know is one of the most common ways identities are compromised. Friends and family may steal bank statements, tax forms and credit cards without being suspected. Always keep documents with your personal information in a safe location hidden from anyone who doesn’t need to see them.
Is your Social Security number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) inside your wallet or purse right now? If it is, then you should remove it and put it in a secure location. Destroy any document with your SSN or ITIN once it is no longer needed. Imagine if your wallet or purse was lost or stolen. Criminals would have a very easy time stealing your identity.
Do not use the same password for multiple online accounts. If an identity thief finds your password, he might have access to your online shopping accounts (which may keep your bank information), email account (where you receive information about credit cards, other passwords and possibly answers to security questions), and even your bank information.
Check your credit report. You can check it for free three times a year. Use the websites of the three national credit bureaus: Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion. A credit report is a report of a person’s credit history, including credit cards, bills, and public records. A credit report might help you learn if an identity thief has stolen your credit cards or your identity.
Identity thieves are professional criminals and are skilled at finding ways to steal identities to make money. Use these and other tips on the department’s Stop ID Theft website to keep your identity safe.
To speak with a bilingual department representative about protecting your identity and your taxes, please call (317) 232-2240 (press 2 for Spanish) from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Or you can submit questions via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. You also may visit the department’s Spanish website at www.impuestos.in.gov.
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