identity theft

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The Indiana Attorney General's office is making it easier for Hoosiers to freeze their credit this holiday season.

With the Thanksgiving holiday quickly approaching--and Black Friday after it--Hoosiers will be swiping cards at stores around the state and every swipe offers a chance for identity theft.

Indiana had more than one-thousand identity theft complaints this year, along with 400 reported data breaches.

Attorney General Greg Zoeller says a credit freeze is the easiest way to protect against what he sees as the danger of using anything but a credit card.

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It’s been more than a month since the personal information of 80 million Anthem insurance customers was compromised in a data breach.  Since then, people have been watching their credit information.

But it’s also tax season… and Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Stephanie Wiechmann reports that employees at Indiana universities -- many of whom are insured by Anthem -- say they’re rushing to file taxes before identity thieves file in their names.

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The Indiana Department of Insurance says health insurance giant Anthem is doing everything it can to mitigate the effects of a recent data breach.

Anthem announced late Wednesday night it had been the target of a cyber attack that left client and employee information at risk. 

Though the insurer says no medical information or credit card data had been stolen, hackers did gain access to personal information including names, birth dates, addresses, and social security numbers. 

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The Indiana attorney general is proposing legislation he says would close legal loopholes and better protect Hoosiers from data breaches and identity theft.

Attorney General Greg Zoeller says notable data breaches, such as those on Sony, Target and Home Depot, have consumers worried about ID theft, so he wants to bring some peace of mind to Hoosiers with legislation he’s pushing that would require companies that store consumer data to regularly review and delete that information.

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Indiana officials are investigating dozens of cases of identity theft and tax fraud perpetrated against doctors in the state. Since March, the Indiana State Medical Association has warned doctors their identities may have been compromised – prompting a flood of calls from physicians.

Spokeswoman Adele Lash says it’s unclear how the fraud may have started, but says billing statements are not necessarily the problem because they don’t contain information that’s sensitive enough.

Advice on avoiding scams

Nov 7, 2012

A representative from the Indiana attorney general’s office will be in Lafayette, giving tips on how to avoid being a victim of scams and identity theft.

Amy Wardlow works in the consumer protection division. She says everyone should be leery of email or phone solicitations for money, because you can’t see if the person or group is who they claim to be.

"If someone asks you to wire money - be very suspicious. Once you wire money to someone, it's untraceable. It can go anywhere in the world and very often, there's no way to get it back."