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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.


Illinois' tax agency warns of tax time identity theft

With tax time comes scam time. And the Illinois Department of Revenue is warning people about keeping personal information safe this tax filing season. Terry Horstman, a spokesman for the Illinois ...

Published:  Tue, 05 Mar 2019 04:13:00 GMT

Money Smart Week offers personal-finance workshops

University of Illinois Extension consumer economic educators will partner with Money Smart Week to offer workshops. Events at Bloomington, Normal, Pontiac and Eureka libraries will include: "Identity ...

Published:  Sun, 17 Mar 2019 23:00:00 GMT

Illinois man arrested in Bluffton for using stolen social security number

McKee was taken to and incarcerated in the Wells County Jail on the following preliminary charges of defrauding a financial Institution and identity theft, both are felonies. BLUFFTON., Ind. (WANE) - ...

Published:  Fri, 15 Mar 2019 09:49:00 GMT

DUI, Identity Theft, Burglary: Hinsdale Police Blotter

A Hinsdale resident reported on Feb. 28 that someone filed a business application and attempted to open a credit card using the victim's identity on ... and one count of theft in connection ...

Published:  Tue, 05 Mar 2019 11:38:00 GMT

Man admits using false credentials to get health care jobs in St. Louis

LOUIS (AP) - A 37-year-old Illinois prison inmate has pleaded guilty to using ... Wednesday in federal court in St. Louis to health care fraud, aggravated identity theft and Social Security fraud. The ...

Published:  Thu, 14 Mar 2019 13:44:00 GMT

Prison inmate admits working in three St. Louis area health care facilities despite faked nursing credentials

Benjamin Danneman, 37, who is serving a prison sentence in Illinois, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in St. Louis to health care fraud, aggravated identity theft and Social Security fraud. Plea ...

Published:  Thu, 14 Mar 2019 07:03:00 GMT

Home repair fraud, phone scams top Illinois consumer complaints in 2018

Though phone scams, investment schemes and phishing are ubiquitous grievances, the Illinois Attorney General ... mortgages and banks. Identity theft - through credit cards, data breaches ...

Published:  Wed, 06 Mar 2019 11:26:00 GMT

Hotel Workers Didn't Have Choice On Biometric Use, Suit Says

who claims that Choice is violating the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act with a time clock system that collects and stores workers' fingerprints without their permission, putting them at ...

Published:  Fri, 08 Mar 2019 16:52:00 GMT

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