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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.

 

Identity Theft, Robbery: Northbrook Police Logs

NORTHBROOK, IL - Northbrook police released their list of complaints for the past week. There were several cases of identity theft, burglary, criminal damage and others. Police reported a ...

Published:  Fri, 07 Dec 2018 10:42:00 GMT



Rick's Six: Yea, nay on school votes, stealing your identity, Hy-Vee opens convenience store, and gang member arrested

Jackson County in Iowa, and Jo Daviess and Carroll counties in Illinois are under a winter ... and police say with that comes more risk of identity theft. According to The Identity Theft Resource ...

Published:  Wed, 12 Dec 2018 02:30:00 GMT



Travel warning for 2019: The Real ID deadline is looming, so get your paperwork ready

The idea is that it would prevent identity theft and increase national safety ... Some of those noncompliant states include California, Illinois, and New Jersey, home to some of the largest airports i...

Published:  Tue, 11 Dec 2018 11:34:00 GMT



Trial set for convicted killer charged with escaping Hawaiian psych hospital and landing in San Jose

he had more than $6,000 in cash and fake Washington state and Illinois driver's licenses bearing his photos with different names, prosecutors said. While the escape is a "foregone conclusion," Saito w...

Published:  Fri, 14 Dec 2018 07:56:00 GMT



Attorney General Becerra urges Social Security Administration to prioritize updates preventing identity fraud

Synthetic identity theft occurs when identity thieves use real Social Security ... Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota ...

Published:  Tue, 11 Dec 2018 23:42:00 GMT



Killer who escaped from Hawaii State Hospital pleads not guilty

he had more than $6,000 in cash and fake Washington state and Illinois driver's licenses bearing his photos with different names, prosecutors said. While the escape is a "foregone conclusion," Saito w...

Published:  Fri, 14 Dec 2018 00:47:00 GMT



Trial set for psychiatric patient charged in escape

he had more than $6,000 in cash and fake Washington state and Illinois driver's licenses bearing his photos with different names, prosecutors said. While the escape is a "foregone conclusion," Saito w...

Published:  Thu, 13 Dec 2018 18:50:00 GMT



Fighting Social Security identity theft

The letter defines synthetic identity theft as a ploy used by identity thieves to couple ... Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missis...

Published:  Wed, 12 Dec 2018 09:52:00 GMT



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