Oklahoma members are concerned about being or becoming victims of identity theft, more than one in five having been a victim or knowing victims of this rapidly growing offense. AARP members in Oklahoma believe it is important to have protections in place to aid identity theft victims and to help prevent these crimes. Specifically, nine in ten think it is very important for the state to strengthen laws and regulations that protect consumers from identity theft. Almost nine in ten say it is important to provide identity theft victims with a formal legal mechanism for clearing their names from law enforcement records, and they support enacting legislation that permits an individual to place a security freeze on their credit reports. Most Oklahoma members think it is important that consumer groups in Oklahoma, like AARP, provide educational and informational programs in communities to help consumers avoid identity theft.
This report examines a subset of questions about identity theft from the 2004 AARP Oklahoma Legislative Issues Survey of 1,013 AARP members in Oklahoma which was conducted by mail from October 22 through November 19, 2004. The report was prepared by Joanne Binette of AARP Knowledge Management who may be contacted at 202-434-6303 for further information. (27 pages)