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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.


TJ Maxx Identity Theft Scheme Gets Westchester Man 14 Years: Cops

WESTCHESTER, IL - A Westchester man has been sentenced ... was convicted of four counts of retail theft, two counts of identity theft, and one count of theft in connection with the incidents.

Published:  Tue, 11 Sep 2018 12:42:00 GMT

Buffalo Grove man was part of identity theft ring, Deerfield police say

several Illinois driver's licenses were located with Vizitiu's photo but different names and addresses throughout the area," police said in the report. Through their investigation, police determined V...

Published:  Mon, 10 Sep 2018 08:52:00 GMT

Police trying to ID suspect in Best Buy theft in Carbondale, IL

The Carbondale Police Department is seeking the public's help in identifying alleged suspects in a retail theft investigation at Best Buy on East Main in Carbondale, Illinois. (Souce: Carbondale PD) C...

Published:  Thu, 06 Sep 2018 13:54:00 GMT

Millions in unclaimed property headed to Illinois residents

"This is not a scam, this is not identity theft, this is us doing our jobs by returning property to the people of Illinois," Frerichs said. "We still encourage people to go online and look to see if w...

Published:  Wed, 19 Sep 2018 02:00:00 GMT

KeyMe accused of violating the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act

A class action lawsuit has been filed against KeyMe Inc. for allegedly violating the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy ... have suffered and will suffer increased risks for identity theft, and mi...

Published:  Sat, 15 Sep 2018 15:03:00 GMT

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