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Ohio gets more than 3,500 complaints of identity theft, adjusts over $1 million in charges


COLUMBUS, Ohio — The state's attorney general says his office got more than 3,500 complaints of identity theft over the first three years of a special unit designed to thwart it.

Attorney General Mike DeWine also says the office's Identity Theft Unit has helped to adjust more than $1 million in disputed charges for victims.

The unit helps victims correct problems typically associated with identity theft by working with creditors, collectors, credit reporting agencies, law enforcement and others on their behalf.

Some of common complaints included fraudulently opened accounts using personal information and tax identity theft.

The unit lets consumers opt to have an advocate work on their behalf or get a self-help guide from the state to correct their own problems.

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