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State police, DWD give tips to protect Hoosiers against identity theft

Ind. (WPTA21) — The Indiana State Police and Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) are urging Hoosiers to remain vigilant on identity protection during tax season.

DWD officials say there's been a spike in the number of fraudulent attempts to file unemployment insurance (UI) claims due to the pandemic and the various financial assistance available through federal programs.

Now with tax season here, officials say those who may have had their personal information compromised could have issues filing their taxes.

Officials say if you believe you are a victim of identity theft, please do the following:

  • File a report with DWD via this page: https://www.in.gov/dwd/indiana-unemployment/fraud/. 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 uifraud@isp.in.gov. If you are currently employed, contact your employer’s human resources department so that they can protest your claim with DWD.
  • File an identity theft complaint with the Indiana Attorney General’s Office at https://www.in.gov/attorneygeneral/2895.htm or by calling (800) 382-5516.
  • 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.
  • Other resources:
    • 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).

DWD works closely with the Indiana State Police, U.S. Department 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.

Jazlynn Bebout

Jazlynn Bebout is the Assignment Desk Editor and Digital Editor at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @jazlynnsb

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