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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.

 

Rep. McDermed Introduces Bill to Tackle Medical ID Theft

This post was contributed by a community member. Springfield, IL" With medical ID theft on the rise, State Representative Margo McDermed (R-Mokena) is pushing for Illinois to protect victims and ...

Published:  Mon, 11 Feb 2019 12:11:00 GMT



Felon Charged With Using Stolen Credit Cards Taken From Burglarized Homes

CHICAGO (CBS)-A Chicago man was charged with identity theft after allegedly using credit ... his wife demanded to know why he was transferred out of Illinois in the first place, and called ...

Published:  Mon, 18 Feb 2019 13:01:00 GMT



Raoul, 30 other AGs urge FTC to tighten identity theft protections

SPRINGFIELD - Thirty-one state attorneys general, including Illinois' Kwame Raoul, are advocating for tougher safeguards against identity theft in the Federal Trade Commission's rulebook. "We must kee...

Published:  Thu, 14 Feb 2019 23:25:00 GMT



Frosh signs letter to strengthen identity theft rules

"Now is not the time to roll back identity theft protections. Consumers deserve more protection, not less." The letter was also signed by attorneys general of Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut ...

Published:  Thu, 14 Feb 2019 21:19:00 GMT



A weekly roundup of coverage from Capitol News Illinois

That would be a sharp departure from the current legal standard in Illinois, which allows judges wide discretion to assign custody and parenting time in a way that reflects the "best interests of the ...

Published:  Fri, 15 Feb 2019 20:02:00 GMT



Everything You Should to Know About Cargo Theft and How to Prevent It

These include social engineering, spoofing technologies, identity theft and fictitious pickups where they impersonate ... Georgia, New Jersey, Illinois and Tennessee, because they have the largest por...

Published:  Mon, 18 Feb 2019 03:45:00 GMT



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