Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Fight Identity Theft with New Ohio Tool

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A fraudulent driver's license is the second most
common way stolen identity information is used.
However, only a very small percentage (3%)
of
identity theft victims ever knew a thief had
used their personal information to acquire a
fake driver's license in their name.

Now, there is an important new weapon available
to consumers to fight back against unauthorized
use of their driver's license information.
















Starting this month in July, at least for Ohio
residents, there's a new web site which
allows
consumers to verify when the
most recent
driver’s license was issued
in their name.


As a sidenote, Ohio driver's licenses historically
contain a treasure chest of data highly prized by
identity thieves:

  • Name
  • Street Adddress
  • City
  • State
  • Zip
  • Social Security Number (ssn)

With this rich bounty of personal information
along
with social security numbers, an identity
thief can
easily open up new credit accounts to
commit fraud
in your name.

So, our tip for today for Ohio residents is to
immediately take advantage of this new resource
to combat the often early and hidden signs of
identity theft. Go to this Ohio Bureau of Motor
Vehicles (BMV) website which allows you to enter
in your driver's license number, date of birth, and
the last four digits of your social security number.

With this information input, you will then be
able to verify if the most recent issue date
corresponds with your very own. If they
match, you are okay - but if the issue dates do
not match - then you may be an identity theft
victim.

1 Comments:

At 10:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a wonderful tool!

Here in Ohio, our state has exposed us
to identity theft in several ways.

At last, they've finally put a resource in place to actually help to protect us from identity theft.

Thank you so much for bring this to light.

 

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