File a Report About Identity Theft in Illinois

Identity Theft File a Report About Identity Theft in Illinois

Report Identity Theft in Illinois

Identity theft in Illinois, or anywhere, can be devastating both financially and to your mental health. Unfortunately, there is no one way to be the victim of identity theft; someone might file for unemployment in your name or even file a false IRS return in your name.

Your identity can be stolen from your social security card, or someone could steal your identity to commit credit card fraud. In addition, identity theft can lead to legal trouble and damage your credit score with Equifax and Experian.

DoNotPay can help you figure out how to report identity theft and how to sue for identity theft. DoNotPay can even help if someone stole your stimulus check by posing as you.

This guide will explain what identity theft is, how to tell if you've been the victim of identity theft and how to report it.

What Is Identity Theft?

Identity theft is when someone steals your personal information, such as your social security number, and uses it without your permission. There are various types of identity theft, including:

  1. Account fraud is when someone takes control of your saving or checking account.
  2. Debit or Credit card fraud is when someone fraudulently takes out a debit or credit card in your name.
  3. Driver's license theft is when someone uses your information to get a fake driver's license.
  4. Mail identity theft where someone has a check rerouted away from your address.
  5. Online shopping fraud is where someone uses your information to purchase an item.
  6. Child identity fraud is when someone poses as your child and takes out loans in their name.

Signs That You May Be the Victim of Identity Theft in Illinois

Various signs indicate that you may be a victim of identity theft, including:

  • Withdrawal from your bank account that you can't explain
  • Missing mail or packages
  • Debt collectors calling you about debt that isn't yours
  • Unfamiliar items on your credit report
  • Medical bills for procedures you never experienced
  • Duplicate tax returns.
  • A data breach on a site you use regularly

What to Do if Your Identity Is Stolen

You can immediately take several steps if you think your identity has been stolen.

  • If you have identity theft insurance, file a claim.
  • Note all unauthorized charges from your accounts and credit cards
  • Notify companies that your identity has been stolen
  • Review your credit score for accounts you don't recognize.
  • File an FTC report.
  • Tighten your security
  • Contact the police
  • Freeze your credit cards

How to Prevent Identity Theft

Here are a few tips to help prevent identity theft:

  1. Collect your mail regularly and promptly.
  2. Ensure your electronics are wiped when you donate them
  3. Review credit card and bank statements often and carefully
  4. Enable two-factor identification
  5. Shred documents with personal information
  6. Change password frequently

How to Report Identity Theft in Illinois

If you have been the victim of identity theft or believe your personal or financial information may have been compromised in Illinois, please call the toll-free Identity Theft Hotline at: 1-866-999-5630 or 1-877-844-5461.

How to Handle Identity Theft in Illinois on Your Own

Once you've realized you've been the victim of identity theft, there are several steps to take.

  1. Call the above hotline number.
  2. Call the police and create a police report.
  3. Freeze your credit reports, credit cards, and accounts
  4. Set up fraud alerts with credit bureaus

There are problems with all these steps. First, handling all this on your own is complicated and frightening.

You don't know how long the identity theft has been going on, and you want to do everything as quickly as possible. However, you also want to do everything correctly, so you don't make matters worse. There has to be a better way than doing it all yourself.

Next Steps For Handling Identity Theft in Illinois if You Can't Do It by Yourself

DoNotPay can take some of the fear away from having your identity stolen. We'll create a police report for you, freeze your credit reports, and set up fraud alerts with your credit bureaus, so you can concentrate on getting your life back to normal.

Aside from the above, DoNotPay's  identity theft product will:

  • File an official report with the FTC
  • Contact the IRS
  • Contact your credit bureaus

All so you can have some peace of mind.

How to Deal With Identity Theft Using DoNotPay:

  1. Search "identity theft" on DoNotPay and select the type of incident you would like to report.

     

  2. Tell us more about the incident that occurred, including the location, date, time, financial loss, and any suspect information you may have.

     

  3. We’ll identify whether you should file an FTC report, contact the IRS, freeze your credit report, contact state agencies, or file a police report. Once we guide you through the best options, we'll automatically submit the reports on your behalf.

     

And that's it. DoNotPay will make sure your issue gets sent to the right place. We'll upload confirmation documents to your task for you to view, and if the contacts need more information, they will reach out to you personally via email or mail.

Why Use DoNotPay to Report an Identity Theft Problem in Illinois

If you've been the victim of identity fraud, you have enough to worry about without notifying the police and freezing your accounts; let DoNotPay help.

FastYou don't have to call the police yourself. Just give some details to DoNotPay, and we do the rest.
EasyWe deal with any questions about identity fraud, so you don't have to.
SuccessfulWe've helped thousands of people report identity theft problems, and we can help you.

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  • Or we can help you stop spam mail from credit providers and banks the same way we can help with spam mail from charities and retail companies.

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