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Identity Theft in Illinois

Illinois has the tenth highest rate of identity theft in the United States. Out of every 100,000 residents, 93.8 people will become victims of such crime; in a recent year, more than 12,000 Illinoisans reported identity theft to the Federal Trade Commission.

Criminals are stealing Illinois addresses, birth dates, names, and especially social security numbers, and using them to damage victims' credit scores, bank accounts, and many other aspects of their lives. The IRS recently reported that tax-related identity theft is on the rise; taxpayers find out when they try to file their return that there was another returned submitted using their social security numbers, and the thieves walked away with the refund the taxpayers were counting on. Medical identity theft allows criminals to get cosmetic surgery, elective procedures, and even everyday health care. Employment identity theft lets criminals get a job - or allows criminals to sell victims' good names and backgrounds to someone else - which often goes undetected until victims check their annual Social Security Administration earnings statement and see that there has been income reported by an employer they do not recognize.

However, Illinois residents have several options available to protect themselves. Identity Theft Protection services offer customers 24-hour monitoring of their identity - social security numbers, bank accounts, credit card numbers, and so forth - and move quickly to block any suspicious activity. Many Illinois customers of such protection services appreciate knowing that such crime is more likely to be detected quickly. Another wise strategy for Illinois residents is to protect their social security number. While many businesses in Illinois routinely ask for a SSN, it is always up to the individual whether or not to give that information; any request for a SSN should be met with the question of why it is needed, how it will be used, how it will be protected by the requester, and what consequence there will be, if any, for not sharing it.

Illinoisans can protect themselves from becoming victims of identity theft by taking simple steps to protect their personal information and by making smart decisions with how that information is shared.


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Identity Theft In The News

Former assisted-living worker pleads guilty to identity theft

A judge gave a Clemmons woman a suspended prison sentence Wednesday after she was accused of stealing money from an elderly resident at an assisted-living facility. Cherie Chevon Smith, 35, pleaded gu...

Published:  Wed, 18 Jul 2018 18:35:00 GMT

Man charged with ID theft, vehicle burglaries, car theft in Coventry

COVENTRY - A 19-year-old man is facing identity theft, credit card fraud, burglary, and other charges in connection with breaking into vehicles in town in January, police said. The man, Seth Neborsky, ...

Published:  Wed, 18 Jul 2018 09:45:00 GMT

Tampa man sent to federal prison for ID theft, $2M in tax fraud

A Tampa man will spend the next four years in federal prison and have to repay more than half a million dollars in connection with a host of tax return fraud and identity theft charges. Henry Flerijea...

Published:  Wed, 18 Jul 2018 05:15:00 GMT

Woodbury Man Pleads Guilty to Identity Theft of Approximately 300 People

A Woodbury man has pleaded guilty to multiple charges after authorities say he stole the identities of approximately 300 people, many of them linked to the Twin Cities charity where he worked. Accordi...

Published:  Tue, 17 Jul 2018 19:21:00 GMT

Traditional identity systems are the new battleship row

Perry Chaffee is the vice president of strategy for WWPass, where he leads company strategy and product marketing in the company's mission to battle identity theft and data breaches for governments an...

Published:  Wed, 18 Jul 2018 13:20:00 GMT

Woman charged with forgery, ID theft

FAIRFIELD - A Waterbury woman was arrested Tuesday after she allegedly tried to withdraw $5,100 from another person's Chase Bank account. Roberta Leach, 58, of Buckridge Road, was charged with crimina...

Published:  Wed, 18 Jul 2018 12:23:00 GMT

Irving tax return preparers charged in fraud, identity theft

Two Irving tax preparers have been charged with a total of 50 counts related to filing fake returns, the Department of Justice announced Monday. An indictment detailing the charges against Francisco V...

Published:  Mon, 16 Jul 2018 12:37:00 GMT

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