Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the nation. The Identity Theft Data Clearinghouse reports that the number of identity thefts reported nationwide grew from 161,896 in 2002 to 246,570 in 2004, with Illinois ranking tenth in the nation, at 87.6 victims per 100,000 populations. Out of the major metropolitan areas across the country, the Chicago-Naperville-Joliet area ranked nineteenth with 107.1 victims per 100,000 populations.
In response to the potential seriousness of this crime and the confusing array of information given to citizens on “what to do” in the event they are victims of Identity Theft, the State’s Attorney’s Office has put together an Identity Theft Victim Information Packet for victims that contains all the contact numbers, steps, and FTC affidavits.
In the packet titled: “Take Charge: Fighting Back Against Identity Theft”, you will find four immediate steps to take if you find yourself a victim of identity theft. Complete these four steps first and then read through the information to see if there are any other steps you should be taking for your individual case, including how to prevent yourself from becoming re-victimized.
By helping victims of Identity Theft speed up the process to report the crime to the appropriate agencies, victims can more quickly start the process to protect themselves from further damage or financial loss. If you have any questions or would like more information, please call your local police department or the State’s Attorney’s Office at 815-727-8453