Fight Identity Theft with New Ohio Tool
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
- Street Adddress
- 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