Utah Attorney General's Office Launches ID Theft Central Website
Scott Morrill is program manager of IDTheft.Utah.Gov. He says the growth of the problem is a daily concern to both citizens and law enforcement.
“As a matter of fact, with it being close to the Internal Revenue Service time when you start filing your taxes, we’re starting to see many more victims that are that type of identity theft believe it or not,” says Morrill, “so it is a big problem and this time of the year it even gets larger.”
Morrill says the site is designed to be a one-stop-shop for Utahns to report, repair and protect against identity theft. He says they’re expecting a lot more use of the Child Identity Protection registry feature.
“Once a child is in our program, TransUnion hand looks at each one of those kids that are enrolled in our program and see if there are any credit report or history belonging to that child’s name or social security number,” says Morrill.
He says if they find any problems, they’ll work with the parent to get the report cleaned up. He says it’s also a growing resource for law enforcement in Utah with more than 100 agencies participating.
“We launched the first version in 2006 and we’ve been working on it, improving, and working with law enforcement for many years to get this to where it is today,” says Morrill.
ID Theft Central is free and is funded through regular appropriations to the Utah Attorney General’s operations.