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Get Protected: America’s Top Identity-Theft Scams

Each year, millions of Americans get lured by promises of prizes and unbeatable bargains only to get swindled into some of the county’s top identity-theft scams.

08/28/2014

Top Tips For Protecting Yourself From Identity Theft

Identity theft can leave you with financial difficulties, mounds of paperwork and even fraudulent criminal charges. Protect your data to reduce your chances of becoming a victim.

08/28/2014

Child Identity Theft: Warning Signs Your Child’s Identity Is Being Used

Identity theft is terrible, no matter whom it happens to, but it seems even more offensive when it’s carried out against a child. Keep watch for these signs that your child has been the victim of identity theft.

08/28/2014

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The Rise Of Identity Theft: Reports From The Federal Trade Commission

The Federal Trade Commission reports that the occurrence rate for identity theft incidents is high, and it doesn’t look like that trend will change anytime soon.

08/28/2014

How To Repair Your Credit After Identify Theft

Many Americans like to believe that identity theft won’t happen to them, but the staggering statistics from the Bureau of Justice Statistics prove otherwise.

08/28/2014

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Police Chief Warns Of Dangers Of Identity Theft For New College Students

The police chief of a local community college was advising parents of children headed off to college for the first time to have some conversations about safety first.

08/07/2014

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New Research Shows Many Fail To Take Action After Learning Of Data Theft

Cyber criminals can ruin your credit, making it difficult to buy a house or car, but CBS 2’s Jim Williams learned, not everyone takes action even after the fraud’s been discovered.

07/16/2014

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Driver Arrested After Showing Convict’s ID To Cop

A routine traffic stop last week in Antioch proved that even an inmate in the Illinois Department of Corrections has to worry about identity theft.

06/25/2014

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Identity Thieves Targeting Tax Refunds

Chicago is among the top five cities for refund-related tax ID theft. In this original report Dorothy Tucker takes a look at how easy it is to become a victim and what you can do to protect yourself.

03/12/2014

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Kirk Wants Major Credit Card Hackers To Face 25 Years In Prison

In the wake of the massive theft of information from Target customers, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) has proposed tougher federal penalties for computer hackers who steal credit card numbers.

02/04/2014

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Target: Up To 110M Customers Affected By Data Breach

Congressman Luis Gutierrez said Friday’s revelation that nearly 70 million American shoppers were the victims of a data breach at Target stores serves as proof more vigilance is needed all around to protect our private information.

01/10/2014

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Target: 40 Million Credit, Debit Cards Affected By Data Breach

Target has warned customers as many as 40 million credit and debit card accounts might have been exposed to identity theft, due to a data breach that began at the start of the Black Friday shopping weekend.

12/19/2013

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Police: Loyola Nurse Stole Patient’s ID, Charged Thousands In Clothing

A nurse at a west suburban hospital stole the identity of a patient, opened several credit accounts in the woman’s name and purchased thousands of dollars worth of clothing, police said.

09/11/2013

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Restaurant Manager Stole IDs To Pay For Disney Trips

He may be the world’s biggest Disney fan, but a local restaurant manager is in huge trouble with the law for the way he allegedly paid for 15 recent Disney trips.

07/08/2013

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Former Elgin Deputy Police Chief Charged With ID Theft

Elgin’s former deputy police chief was indicted Tuesday for illegally accessing emails and using police resources for personal research.

05/21/2013

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Cops: Woman Swindled $30K From Elderly Man

A north suburban woman swindled $30,000 from an elderly man to buy items for herself including gasoline, a refrigerator and a home theater system, according to authorities.

12/31/2012

Dimitar Vangelov, 27, is charged with identity theft. Authorities said he has no recordable income, but was living in a ritzy Trump Tower apartment, driving a Mercedes Benz 500 series, and had eight credit, debit or gift cards with his name and someone else's bank information. (Credit: Cook County Sheriff's Office)

Trump Tower Resident Pleads Guilty To Credit Card Scam

A Bulgarian man arrested at his Trump Tower home in March pleaded guilty Tuesday to financial crimes for his role in phony credit, debit and gift card scam.

10/23/2012

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Naperville Cops Help Catch Thieves Who Stole 170-Plus Vehicles

Law enforcement officials are about to reveal the results of their investigation of a ring believed responsible for stealing nearly 200 vehicles from car dealerships throughout the Chicago area including Naperville, The Sun learned Friday.

07/15/2012

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Hospital Worker Charged With Using Patients’ Credit Cards To Pay Bills

The Cook County State’s Attorney has charged a hospital worker with paying her bills with credit cards stolen from cancer patients.

WBBM Newsradio–05/15/2012

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Cyber Crooks Targeting Travelers’ Frequent Flyer Miles

Are you counting on using all those airline miles you’ve racked up on credit cards to keep down the cost of a vacation? Maybe not. CBS 2 Investigator Pam Zekman reports on what experts say is the latest twist in identity theft scams – thieves who’ve found ways to steal your miles.

CBS 2–05/09/2012

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