Indy man falls victim to identity theft

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Aug. 27, 2015)– Indy resident James Stone found out that he was a victim of identity theft when he was served court documents from Huntsville, Alabama this week.

“Whoever this person is got a hold of my information, my name, my driver’s license number, my date of birth,” said Stone.

The court documents claim that Stone failed to appear in court for something that he claims he never did.

“I have not been to Huntsville, Alabama in 20 years,” said Stone.

According to the documents, Stone was operating with no license back in August. Stone said he was never in Alabama and showed police the documentation to prove it. This sparked the identity theft investigation by IMPD and Marion County Sherriff’s officers. Authorities are searching for the person who was using James Stones name and information during the time of the traffic stop.

“I don’t know how this gentleman got my information or who it is. I just want it to be resolved and taken care of,” said Stone.

Authorities say thousands of people become victims of identity theft each year. The Indiana Attorney General Office suggests placing a security freeze on your credit card and avoid sharing your credit information on line. Even for those who take those precautions, you can become a victim of identity theft.

“The only thing that I do online is I pay a few bills and I don’t even use my driver’s license number,” said Stone.

For information on how to protect yourself from identity theft, click here.

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