AG Rokita warns Hoosiers of vulnerability of identity theft victims to mental illness – Hamilton County Reporter
Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita warns Hoosiers of the risk of identity theft victims developing a range of mental illnesses after scammers target and steal their hard-earned money.
Identity theft is a constant threat to all Americans. In 2020, almost 50% of the country was financially harmed by identity theft, according to a study by Aite Group.
“In today’s world, we’re tied to technology, whether it’s our phones or our computers, and we often feel pressured to stay connected and respond to everyone who contacts us” , said Rokita. “Most people can spot a fraudster when they’re face to face, but it’s easy to fall victim to identity theft when you’re pressured by phone or email. What isn’t recognized often enough is that it’s an emotional roller coaster for people, and it can lead to depression, anxiety, and other mental illnesses.
Injured people often experience fear, exhaustion and anger. When people experience the stress of financial loss combined with these feelings, lasting mental health issues are more likely to occur if left untreated.
According to the Federal Trade Commission, Americans’ reported losses from identity theft have risen from $3.3 billion in 2020 to $5.8 billion in 2021. This creates an even larger pool of at-risk victims. to develop a mental illness.
Rokita cautions Hoosiers against the following red flags that could lead to identity theft:
- Stolen checks, credit cards or debit cards
- Unknown online purchases on financial statements
- Mysterious medical expenses
- Emails requesting personal information
- Phone calls or texts requesting credit card or bank account information
- Scammers using computer programs that track your personal information
- Scammers rummage through household trash to find private information.
If you believe you have been a victim of identity theft, please visit IndianaConsumer.com.
If signs of anxiety, depression, or any other form of mental illness develop, contact a physician immediately or visit in.gov/bewellindiana.