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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.


This 'old-fashioned' identity theft is just as dangerous as the cyber kind

Amy Wang, identity theft victim But the first sign of problems didn't pop ... owner of Priority Planning LLC in Wheaton, Illinois, who specializes in forensic accounting and divorce consultations. "Why tempt people by leaving things around the house"

Published:  Sat, 12 May 2018 09:00:00 GMT

Accused of ruining lives, owners charged with extortion, money laundering and identity theft

Becerra has filed charges of extortion, money laundering, and identity theft against four men ... starting a new job because the employer saw his retail theft arrest record online. Even after the Illinois Department of Corrections had removed his records ...

Published:  Fri, 18 May 2018 06:08:00 GMT

All of's alleged co-owners arrested on extortion charges

The quartet has been charged with extortion, money laundering, and identity theft. Bhavnanie was arraigned by a Pennsylvania ... Last year, the site's owners faced a civil lawsuit brought in federal court in Illinois. As of this writing, ...

Published:  Thu, 17 May 2018 16:55:00 GMT

'Like being in the Twilight Zone': Lawyer on hunt for thief who stole his identity

Before 2015, corporate or business identity theft was a civil issue ... him in a Ponzi scheme when he received an email that looked like spam from a man in Illinois. All it said was, "Is this you" And there was a link for him to click with his ...

Published:  Fri, 11 May 2018 06:34:00 GMT

Berkley One Announces Partnership with CyberScout to Provide Clients with Identity Management Services

Identity theft continues to be a significant and growing concern for ... Coverage is available in Arizona, Colorado and Illinois with other states expected to follow. For more information, visit To learn more about CyberScout Lifestages ...

Published:  Thu, 10 May 2018 09:09:00 GMT

How identity thieves do their work and how you can protect yourself

We've always heard from victims of identity theft, but now a former thief is out to educate the public on just how easy is it to profit on identity theft. He proved it by stealing my identity right in front of me. "This is not just a crime, it's an ...

Published:  Thu, 10 May 2018 20:11:00 GMT

Identity theft tops list of Illinois consumer complaints

More Illinois consumers filed complaints with the state about identity theft last year than any other type of fraud. More Illinois consumers filed complaints with the state about identity theft last year than any other type of fraud. (Getty Images ...

Published:  Mon, 05 Mar 2018 13:32:00 GMT

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