A warning is issued Monday for Oklahoma senior citizens. Attorney General Scott Pruitt says criminals are targeting seniors for identity theft.
"Identity theft has increased with our older population and it is important that Oklahomans know how to protect themselves," Pruitt said.
Older residents can be more susceptible to identity theft because of the amount of personal data they give for health care or in-home assistance. Many seniors can be in a vulnerable situation and not even know it before it's too late.
It is important to be prepared and knowledgeable about how to prevent theft, and know what to do if you're a victim, Pruitt said.
The Attorney General's Public Protection Unit provides the following tips to avoid identity theft:
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According to the Federal Trade Commission, common types of identity theft include:
To report suspected identity theft or scams, contact the AG's Public Protection Unit at (405) 521-2029, (918) 581-2885 or PublicProtection@oag.ok.gov, and contact local law enforcement.