From: Luther Strange Alabama Attorney General
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Luther Strange urges citizens to be vigilant for identity theft that could occur as confidential information may be scattered in the debris of damage from Wednesday's catastrophic tornadoes.
"This is a potential crisis that many may not anticipate as they are struggling to recover from the devastation that struck them less than a week ago," said Attorney General Strange. "Vigilance and knowledge to prevent identity theft are our strongest weapons, and it is my great hope that we can stop most of these crimes before they occur. In the case of identity theft as well as other crimes, I am committed to protect Alabamians from criminals who would take advantage of those affected by this disaster."
Under Alabama law, identity theft is a class C felony punishable by one to 10 years imprisonment and fines of up to $15,000 for each count.
The tornadoes destroyed homes and scattered possessions, including sensitive documents containing personal information. Attorney General Strange urged those who may have lost sensitive documents to be proactive in protecting themselves against identity theft by taking the following steps: