Consumer Rights : Identity Theft

What is identity theft?

Identity theft occurs when someone obtains and illegally uses another person’s identifying information (such as the person’s name, address, date of birth, Social Security number or driver’s license number) to open credit accounts, get loans, make purchases, establish utility service, etc.

The Ohio State Bar Association's "Guard Against Identity Theft" article provides more about what you can do to protect yourself against this growing problem.

Are there any laws that protect people from identity theft?

Yes, the Identity Theft Enforcement and Restitution Act of 2008 targets identity theft, phishing (for example, emails that look like they come from your bank but are from someone trying to trick you into giving out your personal information), and spam.

How can a thief steal my identity through an ATM?

Read more about how someone can steal your identity, and your money straight from your checking or savings account, now.

See also the Forms & Education tab in this section for more information.

The information in this site is not intended as legal advice.
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