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More Americans’ identities were stolen in tax refund crimes in the first six months of 2013 than in all of 2012.
About 1.6 million Americans were victims of ID theft and tax refund crimes through June 2013, compared to 1.2 million in all of 2012, according to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.
Identity theft occurs when someone obtains your personal information – such as your Social Security number, credit card or bank account numbers, passwords, among others – to defraud or commit crimes.
If you think you might be a victim or are a victim of identity theft, visit www.in.gov/dor/5034.htm.
There are many easy ways to protect yourself from ID theft. To learn about 10 simple tips to protect your identity, watch a video here.
To learn more about how you can protect yourself from becoming an identity theft victim, visit www.in.gov/dor/5033.htm
Children can also be victims of identity theft. Children whose identities have been stolen may not find out until they apply for a student loan or credit card and learn that a thief has been using their identities for years.
Parents or guardians of children should pay extra attention to safeguard their children’s information. Here are some ways to protect your child’s identity: