Identity Theft is one of the most rapidly growing crimes across the nation. Anytime an unauthorized individual uses your personal information to obtain goods or services, you are a victim of Identity Theft under Illinois law (720 ICLS 5/16-30). If you have become a victim and live within the Village of Glen Ellyn, the GEPD recommends that you report the crime with our agency as well with Federal Bureau of Investigations at www.IC3.gov and with the Federal Trade Commission at www.identitytheft.gov.
Although it is nearly impossible to fully protect yourself from becoming a victim of Identity Theft, there are some steps you can take to minimize your risk.
- Do not give out your personal information over the phone, over the internet or through the mail unless you have initiated the contact or know with whom you are dealing.
- Be creative with your online passwords. Do not use common words or dates that are easily associated with you.
- Do not carry your social security card, passport, or birth certificate with you unless absolutely necessary.
- Shred all documents with personal information that you would generally throw in the garbage.
- Do not put your credit card on internet sites unless it is encrypted on a secure site.
- Check your credit report at least twice a year through www.annualcreditreport.com or contact the following credit bureaus:
Experian 888-EXPERIAN (397-3742)
- If your social security number has been obtained or used fraudulently contact the Social Security Administration.