How can I protect myself from being a victim of identity theft?
Did you know that identity theft is the number one crime in America and it is estimated to increase over 1000%? Identity theft is exactly what it sounds like. Someone literally steals your identity for personal gain. Usually what happens is that a person obtains information such as your social security number and/or driver license number to commit various forms of fraud. The thief may apply for loans or credit cards, rent apartments, lease cars, obtain services, and much more. The victim, unfortunately, is then left with a ruined credit history or having the complicated task of regaining financial health or trying to restore their reputation in the community. Here are some helpful hints on how to protect yourself from being a victim:

Check your credit reports once a year.
Guard your Social Security number.
When possible, don’t carry your Social Security card with you.
Don’t put your SSN or drivers license number on your checks.
Guard your personal information.

You should never give your Social Security number to anyone unless they have a good reason for needing it.

Watch for people who may try to eavesdrop and overhear the information you give out orally.

Carefully destroy papers you throw out,especially those with sensitive or identifying information.

Be suspicious of telephone solicitors. Never provide information unless you have initiated the call.

Use a locked mailbox to send and receive all mail. Reduce the number of pre approved credit card offers you receive (they will ask for your SSN). For further information on identity theft, we encourage you to visit the Department of Justice website:

If you need more assistance please call the police department at 847-255-2416.

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1. I received a phone call from someone identifying himself/herself as an IRS agent or US Marshall saying I owe taxes and will be arrested. What do I do?
2. I received a voice mail message telling me I do not get a trial and I have to call the IRS agent back. What do I do?
3. I received a telephone call from a person conducting a survey for the Rolling Meadows Police Department. Is it legitimate?
4. I did send money to the agent (scammer) who said he was from the IRS. What can I do, can I get my money back?
5. I have been scammed. Who do I report this to?
6. Can the scammer who stole my money get caught?
7. I have the phone number the scammer called me from. What do I do?
8. Will caller ID help me for scams?
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10. I'm going on vacation. Will the police watch my house?
11. I have been receiving harassing telephone calls. What can I do?
12. I have received a phone call or text message where a threat was made. What can I do?
13. How can I protect myself from being a victim of identity theft?
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