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ISP, DWD’s tips to help protect against identity theft

The Indiana State Police and Indiana Dept. of Workforce Development remind Hoosiers to stay vigilant when it comes to protecting one’s identity from theft.

The DWD has seen the number of fraudulent attempts to file unemployment insurance claims spike due to the coronavirus and the additional financial assistance available through federal programs such as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act.

With tax season here, Hoosiers who may have had their personal information compromised could encounter problems when filing their taxes.

The DWD works closely with the Indiana State Police, U.S. Dept. of Labor Office of Inspector General, FBI, Secret Service and the Indiana Attorney General’s Office, as well as several banking partners, to ensure appropriate prosecution and recovery of funds where possible, once identity theft is discovered.

Anyone who believes they are a victim of identity theft is urged to do the following:

• File a report with the DWD via https://www.in.gov/dwd/indiana-unemployment/fraud/. The DWD will lock the account from further use. Should you need to file for benefits in the future, you will need to contact DWD to have your account unlocked.

• File an electronic report with the Indiana State Police by filling out the form available at https://www.in.gov/dwd/indiana-unemployment/fraud/ and emailing it to [email protected]. If you are currently employed, contact your employer’s human resources department so that they can protest your claim with the DWD.

Other resources include:

• File a report with the Federal Trade Commission at www.ftc.gov.

• File an Identity Theft Affidavit (IRS form 14039) through https://www.irs.gov/.

• Notify the Credit bureaus (Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion).

• The FBI also encourages victims to report fraudulent or any suspicious activities to the Internet Crime Complaint Center at http://www.ic3.gov. You may consult http://identitytheft.gov for help in reporting and recovering from identity theft.

• File an identity theft complaint with the Indiana Attorney General’s Office at https://www.in.gov/attorneygeneral/2895.htm or by calling 1-800-382-5516.

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