STATEHOUSE (Feb. 15, 2019) — The Indiana House of Representatives voted unanimously in support of State Rep. Ryan Lauer’s (R-Columbus) legislation helping Hoosiers protect themselves against synthetic identity theft.
Synthetic identity theft occurs when a person uses a combination of false information and stolen data, such as a Social Security number and a fake name, to open fraudulent accounts.
“Most people do not know about synthetic identity theft or that they could unknowingly be a victim of this crime,” Lauer said. “This legislation would give Hoosiers more tools to protect themselves and their children’s identities.”
Through the legislation, Lauer said Hoosiers could submit requests to credit reporting agencies in order to find out if they or their children are victims of synthetic identity theft. Credit reporting agencies would then search for accounts sharing the same Social Security number, but listed under false names. This information would also be included in an individual’s credit report.
If a fraudulent account is discovered, the victim could take legal action against the identity thief and work to safeguard their information.
Lauer said children are the most vulnerable to identity theft. A Carnegie Mellon University study found identity theft rates for children were more than 50 times that of adults.
House Bill 1668 now moves to the Senate for consideration. To learn more, visit iga.in.gov.
State Rep. Ryan Lauer (R-Columbus) represents House District 59,
which includes portions of Bartholomew County.
A high-resolution photo of Lauer can be downloaded by clicking here.