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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.


United Hacks of America: States with the Highest Rates of Identity Theft

As in Arizona, employment- or tax-related fraud constitute the most common type of identity theft, suggesting Rhode Islanders lag in filing tax returns at a higher rate than most Americans. Illinois r...

Published:  Thu, 08 Nov 2018 12:07:00 GMT

Financial Education Benefits Center: The Best and Worst States for Identity Theft and Fraud

... up total cyber-thefts per capita and average loss due to identity theft. New Jersey, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio and Illinois rounded out the "worst five" for identity theft. Researchers ...

Published:  Sun, 18 Nov 2018 21:24:00 GMT

Leader in Illinois tax fraud sentenced to over 8 years

CHICAGO -- A fifth and final defendant charged in an Illinois tax-fraud scheme has been sentenced ... year-old Clifton "Ty" Robinson was sentenced for fraud and aggravated identity theft convictions. ...

Published:  Tue, 06 Nov 2018 22:53:00 GMT

States With the Highest Rates of Identity Theft

Illinois residents might attribute their ID-theft misfortune to lax state policies when it comes to cyber crimes, which the data on hand does not necessarily refute. Credit card fraud accounts for ...

Published:  Sat, 17 Nov 2018 01:23:00 GMT

Criminal complaints Monday, Nov. 12 through Friday, Nov. 16

Daneilla Gutierrez, Illinois, possession of cocaine ... Seamandel, 21, 9500 block of Broadway Drive, Sturtevant, felony personal identity theft (five counts), financial transaction card use ...

Published:  Sat, 17 Nov 2018 21:15:00 GMT

Feds: 6 received jobless benefits through fraud scheme

CHICAGO (AP) - Six suburban Chicago residents are accused of taking part in a scheme to obtain Illinois unemployment benefits using ... Two are also charged with aggravated identity theft. One defenda...

Published:  Tue, 13 Nov 2018 20:53:00 GMT

Online shoppers continue to engage in risky behavior

This highlights the need for consumers to slow down and consider the risks of unsafe purchasing behavior that could lead to identity theft or financial loss ... while 70 percent of survey participants ...

Published:  Thu, 15 Nov 2018 20:00:00 GMT

Shoplifting call leads Police to identity theft ring

Three people are facing multiple charges of identity theft in Portland. According to Police ... WHBF, in the Quad Cities of Illinois. She is happy to be back in Texas where the food is great and the w...

Published:  Wed, 07 Nov 2018 16:11:00 GMT

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