Ohio's Identity Theft Unit receiving hundreds of complaints

Identity theft cases on the rise in Ohio.

The state's attorney general says his office got more than 600 complaints of identity theft over the course of a year.

Attorney General Mike DeWine says the newly created Identity Theft Unit in his office also helped to adjust about $250,000 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. Others reported cases in which a family member was responsible for the identity theft.

DeWine's 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.