Americans of all ages are vulnerable to identity theft. Louisiana had 3,204 identify theft victims in 2013, ranking 21st in the nation, according to the Federal Trade Commission.

“On average, a victim will spend 175 hours to clear their name,” said Amanda Larkins, Commerce and Consumer Liaison for the Louisiana Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Section.

Speaking to a group of foster grandparents at a Baton Rouge event sponsored by Catholic Charities, Larkins said identity theft is when someone intentionally misuses your personal information to obtain credit, money, goods or services or anything else without the authorization or consent of the other person.

Organizations interested in requesting a speaker on consumer protection topics, should contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Hotline at 1-800-351-4889.

Coming soon, the attorney's general office seeks to provide a mechanism by which to take online payments for collections.