Utah's Attorney General Helping Identity Theft Victims

Utah's Attorney General Helping Identity Theft Victims

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SALT LAKE CITY (KSL News Services) -- The Utah Attorney General's Office is set to launch a new website and database to help victims of identity theft.

The "iris" database will work with police, banks and credit companies to help the customer reclaim their financial life.

Deputy Attorney General Kirk Torgesen says IRIS is a co-operative between financial institutions and government. The database will be secured to prevent victims from being re-victimized. It will debut in the next few weeks.

”Once they’re identified as a real victim of identity theft then the database is going to notify all of these important players that they really are a victim,” says Thorgesen.

He says victims spend hundreds of hours just trying to prove they're the real victim. He hopes iris cuts down on that time. “Once people find out about it, it’s going to get a lot of response. We know that the number of victims of identity theft is huge.”

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