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Identity Theft

Thousands Of ‘Bright Directions’ Letters Reveal Social Security Numbers

A college savings program sponsored by the Illinois State Treasurer’s office has sent out more than 36,000 letters that had the recipient’s Social Security number on the outside of the envelope.

WBBM Newsradio–11/15/2011


Woman’s Identity Stolen For A Penny’s Worth Of Porn

A Buffalo Grove woman recently discovered that her bank account had been hacked, in what may be the lowest-paying identity theft case in human history.

CBS Chicago–10/12/2011

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Joliet Officer Busts Couple Who Stole His Wallet, Identity

Two people are in police custody this morning, and a third is facing charges, after being pulled over by a police officer whose identity they allegedly had stolen just two days earlier.

CBS Chicago–10/06/2011

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Embattled LifeLock Leads Identity Theft Seminar For Chicago Police

The Chicago Police Department just hosted a seminar for officers on identity theft taught by Lifelock – the same company accused of misleading advertising in Illinois and 34 other states.

WBBM Newsradio–09/27/2011

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Experts: Your Private Information Can Be Unlocked

People may think they take steps to safeguard their private information from identity thieves, but there are ways around the precautions. CBS 2’s Vince Gerasole reports.



Prosecutors: Woman Defrauded 5 People Out Of Over $50K

An arrest warrant has been issued for a 50-year old northwest suburban woman who allegedly has been telling some tall tales to collect insurance money, and defrauding at least five people out of more than $50,000.

CBS Chicago–08/18/2011


Brother Named ‘Person Of Interest’ In Naperville Murder

The brother of a Naperville woman found beaten to death Wednesday night in her home has been identified by police as a “person of interest” in that crime.


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Women Who Stole IDs To File Fake Tax Returns Sentenced

A federal judge said he wouldn’t be surprised if two women were responsible for the loss of more than $1 million in their tax return fraud scheme but decided to sentence them to 41 months each because of their cooperation.


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Chicago Police Crack ID Fraud At Doctor’s Office

Investigators have unraveled an elaborate identity theft ring that has cost dozens of people thousands of dollars.

CBS Chicago–04/26/2011

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How To Protect Yourself When Trading In Your Smart Phone

For many of us, smart phones are our lifelines to the world, and most of us are constantly looking for the latest models. But could donating or trading in the old ones be a risky move?

CBS 2–03/04/2011

Identity Theft

Identity Theft Doubled Last Year In Morton Grove

Identity theft continues to be one of the fastest-growing crimes in the United States, and in north suburban Morton Grove incidents of identity theft have more than doubled from 2009 to 2010.


Artestine Ramey and Jessica Washington. (Credit: Chicago Police Department)

Grandma, Granddaughter Arrested In ID Theft Scheme

A West Side woman and her granddaughter face charges in a 2-year investigation that Chicago police call Operation Heat Wave.


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License Branch Worker Charged In ID Theft Scheme

A 22-year employee of the Illinois Secretary of State’s office has been charged with conspiracy to commit identity theft.



2 Charged In Evanston Identity Thefts

Two Chicago women are being held on $100,000 bond each, after allegedly being caught with dozens of fraudulent credit cards and card numbers in Evanston.



Elderly Man’s Caretaker Charged With ID Theft

A Zion woman has been charged with identity theft for allegedly using a credit card that belonged to an elderly man in her care.

CBS Chicago–11/20/2010

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State Sues Payday Loan Store After Personal Info Ends Up In Trash

After personal information — including customers’ Social Security numbers, driver’s license numbers and financial account numbers — was found in a trash cans behind four store locations, a payday loan store was sued by the state for failing to protect their customers’ information.


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Information On Fax Machines Could Lead To ID Theft

Identity theft is a constant concern these days. CBS 2 Investigator Pam Zekman has discovered yet another way thieves can get access to your most sensitive information, and take you for thousands of dollars.

CBS 2–09/29/2010