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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.

 

Car Burglary, Identity Theft: Frankfort Police Reports

Jamar Davis, 34, was arrested at 11:50 a.m. in the 21600 block of La Grange Road and charged with driving while license suspended, no insurance and felony identity theft. Dana Jamal Huff ...

Published:  Wed, 22 May 2019 13:06:00 GMT



Alton woman allegedly cashed $15,601 worth of her dead mother's social security checks

... with 12 counts of theft of government funds and one count of aggravated identity theft, according to the United States Attorney's office in the Southern District of Illinois. The indictment ...

Published:  Thu, 23 May 2019 13:39:00 GMT



Quick Tip: Avoid becoming a victim of fraud

(WLS) -- A new study found Illinois is the No. 27 state when it ... The study examined the 10 most common forms of identity theft, fraud and financial scams in every state to determine the rankings. ...

Published:  Fri, 24 May 2019 18:04:00 GMT



The CRA's new field guide on battling identity theft can help you protect yourself

The truth is, identity theft is more common today than ever ... Tim Cestnick, FCPA, FCA, CPA(IL), CFP, TEP, is an author, and co-founder and CEO of Our Family Office Inc. He can be reached at ...

Published:  Fri, 17 May 2019 04:56:00 GMT



Con artist who victimized people in Wisconsin and other states captured in Illinois

"I call USAA and they confirm they paid him $15,900 dollars," Santana says. Before surfacing in Florida, Ryan was also convicted of identity theft in Illinois, earning a probation sentence. He posed ...

Published:  Thu, 23 May 2019 14:54:00 GMT



Ladder Up Kicks off Project Money, Delivering Free Financial Coaching to Illinois Families

Coaches and clients work together to create an effective budget, make a plan to save for retirement or college, manage or improve credit, and prevent identity theft, and more ... 1,000 volunteers ...

Published:  Wed, 15 May 2019 08:20:00 GMT



Criminal Damage, Identity Theft: Western Springs Police Blotter

Criminal Damage To Property An officer on patrol at Johnson and Burlington avenues at 5:36 a.m. on May 13 noticed damage to a Western Springs' Village pedestrian sign. A victim reported that their ...

Published:  Mon, 20 May 2019 11:27:00 GMT



Chicago Gang Leader Sentenced To 365 Months In Federal Prison By Chattanooga Judge For Heroin Sales

He said Silas took over the organization in Illinois, Tennessee and some other areas after ... POSSESSION OF A WEAPON CARTER, LYDIA HOPE W 28 F 0 1 GS 1721808 THEFT OF IDENTITY CARTER, LYDIA HOPE W 28 ...

Published:  Wed, 15 May 2019 18:48:00 GMT



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