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Identity Theft in Illinois

Illinois MapIllinois 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.


Forgery, identity theft suspect wanted by Carbondale, IL police

Carbondale, Illinois Police are looking for a suspect in connection with a forgery and identity theft investigation. According to police, a man wearing a light colored polo shirt and blue jeans used t...

Published:  Mon, 16 Jul 2018 09:26:00 GMT

Bertino-Tarrant and Manley to host free recycling event

ROMEOVILLE - Consumer fraud and identity theft are growing epidemics in Illinois. To promote prevention, State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) and State Rep. Natalie Manley (D-Joliet) a...

Published:  Thu, 19 Jul 2018 07:47:00 GMT

Worst States For Cybersecurity

Unless you take steps to protect your personal and account information, you're at a high risk for identity theft and the residents of some ... Wyoming (-5.55), Montana (-4.28), New Mexico (-3.78), Ill...

Published:  Tue, 17 Jul 2018 01:09:00 GMT

Local union president says use of her photo by Illinois Policy Institute "a form of identity theft"

* According to AFSCME, the woman on the right is Darneice Cooper, a casework manager with the Illinois Department of Human Services and the president of AFSCME Local 2806" "People e-mailed me and said ...

Published:  Tue, 10 Jul 2018 12:27:00 GMT

Illinois elections board 'very likely' named in Mueller indictment of Russian hackers, officials say

Illinois voters who suspect they are the victim of identity theft may contact the Illinois Attorney General's Identity Theft Hotline at 1-866-999-5630.

Published:  Fri, 13 Jul 2018 21:00:00 GMT

Freezing a child's credit can protect them from identity theft

Criminals stealing a child's identity is more common than you might think ... according to newly released court records. An Illinois man accused of harassing a woman for wearing a Puerto Rican flag sh...

Published:  Fri, 13 Jul 2018 10:51:00 GMT

UPDATE: Suspects identified in Moline car theft/kidnapping

UPDATE: Moline Police Department announced Tuesday they identified two subjects involved in a car theft and kidnapping ... is a blue 2011 Kia Soul with Illinois registration N60 7717. Anyone with info...

Published:  Tue, 17 Jul 2018 12:30:00 GMT

Recognize these 2 kidnapping, car theft suspects

The Moline Police Department is requesting the community's assistance in identifying two individuals believed to be involved in a car theft and ... Kia Soul with Illinois registration N60 7717. Anyone ...

Published:  Tue, 17 Jul 2018 06:48:00 GMT

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