Victim of identity theft? New website can help

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (GOOD 4 UTAH)  Have you ever been a victim of identity theft?  Chances are, if you haven't, someone you know has. A newly launched website called 'ID Theft Central' by the Utah Attorney General's Office is the newest resource for Utah victims.

"It's frustrating. It's a lot of clean up work. It's a lot of phone calls a lot of being on hold a lot of paper work," said Erika Tedder who is all too familiar with identity theft. 

Seven years ago Tedder found out her daughters social security number was stolen. They made the discovery when she was just 9 years old. Now at age 17 they are still being haunted.

"Now she's applying for scholarships for colleges they want all of the financial aid information and it's a delay because we can't get transcripts. Her social security number has a fraud alert on it and so now it's delaying her education clear back from when she was 9.

Scott Morrill with the Attorney General's Office says Tedder and her daughter are among the thousands of victims here in Utah. He says kids are especially vulnerable which is why the AG's office is getting the word out about ID Theft Central, a one stop shop website for reporting the crime, repairing your identity and finding resources. 

"Gets victims the help they need. Helps protect the consumer as well as the consumer's child or children so we can get children involved in the program as well and get them involved in our child identity protection program," said Morrill."

Although Tedder's daughter can no longer benefit from the child identity protection program, which is for children age 0 to 16, she can still find out about services that may help to resolve her existing issue. 

"Click on the resources, the victim assistant resources. Select the identity theft you're a victim of and look at the instructions, follow those and you'll see exactly what to do for that type of identity theft," said Morrill.

Meanwhile if you're a victim of identity theft or you want to to prevent your child from being one, visiting ID Theft Central is the first step. 

Reporting identity theft or enrolling for Child Identity Protection is free. For more information visit  http://idtheft.utah.gov/  If you do not have access to a computer, the best thing to do is report the crime in person at your local law enforcement agency. 

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