Bryan Cohen Apr. 4, 2013, 7:21pm

INDIANAPOLIS (Legal Newsline) - Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller announced the launch Wednesday of a legal toolkit to help state attorneys general stop scam artists who prey on military service members.

Zoeller collaborated with the attorneys general from North Carolina, Illinois and Kentucky and the Consumer Protection Working Group of the Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force to create the toolkit. The kit outlines some of the issues that impact military service members and how state consumer protection officials can halt scammers and financial predators.

"Scammers and illegitimate businesses often target service members and their families because of their steady paychecks and deployments," Zoeller said. "Issues impacting our military include topics ranging from predatory mortgage lending to auto financing and from GI Bill related scams to identity theft. It's important that state and federal officials use the resources available to crack down on those who prey on individuals serving our country."

The toolkit is meant to be a guide for pertinent regulations and statutes, in addition to a platform to discuss developing trends and best practices. The toolkit will help state attorneys general be prepared to deal with the diverse issues and complex laws related to military service members.

Maj. Gen. R. Martin Umbarger, the adjutant general of the Indiana National Guard, praised Zoeller's efforts and encouraged military service members to examine the resources to better protect themselves and their loved ones.

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