Information to help keep the citizens of Ohio safe while online.
Identity thieves will use your personal information, without your permission, to commit fraud. They may file a fraudulent tax return, or open lines of credit, or get medical treatment, or open utility services, all in your name (and leave you "holding the bag").
Anyone can become a victim. ID thieves are not picky. If the thieves can access your personal information, they will either use it themselves, or sell it to somebody else who will.
Below are some links to assist you if identity thieves are using your information.
Help - My ID has been stolen - steps to follow to stop the abuse of your personal information after it has been stolen, and recover from the adverse effects that result from the theft. (clean up credit reports, close bogus accounts, etc.)
Identity Theft Resources - reporting criminal use of your identity, and hints to help avoid becoming a victim.
NetSmartz (National Center for Missing & Exploited Children) - steps to help your child deal with and respond to cyberbullying
Stop Cyberbullying (stopcyberbullying.org) - specially-trained young volunteers design and deliver community programs to help their peers address cyberbullying
Dealing with Cyberbullies (US-CERT) - Help protect yourself or your children from cyberbullies
McAfee 10 Step Internet Safety Plan - provides guidance for parents who want to make their children's online experience safer.
Girlshealth.gov - Internet safety for teenage girls with resources on safe surfing, chatting, and participation in online communities
FBI Internet Fraud - tips to help you recognize scams so that you don't fall for them
Fraud.org< - National Consumer's League explains some common tactics used by fraudsters, including "scare tectics".
IC3 Internet Complaint Center - he Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C). You can file a complaint with them if you are a victim of internet fraud or ID theft, or personally know a victim. The IC3 may be refer the complaint to appropriate federal, state, local or international law enforcement or regulatory agencies for possible investigation.
Safer Financial Transactions - ways to better protect your online financial transactions
Check your browser - browsercheck - to make sure everything is up to date.
Hot to spot a phishing email - tips for avoiding the scammers in your inbox