A new website created by the Indiana Attorney General's ID Theft Unit aims to help residents in the battle to protect themselves against identity theft
, Network Indiana reports. The site redirects the user to the Office of the AG's homepage, which is filled with ID protection information. It contains links about credit freezes and credit reports
, a downloadable complaint form, a toolkit that offers access to major credit reporting agencies and tips on how to protect data from online hackers, as well as informational videos. AG Greg Zoeller recently announced the site, which he explained is essentially a place that allows consumers to keep an inventory of the contents of their purses and wallets. "There's other tools that are pretty simple to use, but it just gives you a step-by-step (guide to) how to protect yourself and, in the event that you think you've been a victim of identity theft
, how to cure it," said Zoeller, as quoted by the news source. The media outlet adds that approximately nine million Americans become identity theft
victims each year, with a 134 percent increase in related complaints in 2011. Zoeller hopes this site will help to mitigate further damage.