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Joseph Woods, 32, allegedly recruited wait staff to help him "skim" credit cards at Chicago establishments. (Cook County Sheriff's Department)

ID Theft Conspiracy Targets Wrigley, Ralph Lauren Patrons

Joseph Woods, 32, is accused of recruiting staffers at those locations to obtain and hand over patrons’ credit and debit card information.


Car window broken. (Photo by Getty Images)

‘Felony Lane Gang’ Hits Naperville Again, Stealing Purses Left In Cars

A roving band of thieves is at it again, striking seven times in as many days in Naperville, this time targeting moms who are dropping off their kids at daycare.

CBS Chicago–04/25/2012

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Elgin Neighbors Fall Victim To Identity Theft

Three Elgin residents on the same street have recently fallen victim to identity theft. CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov reports on what may be behind the crimes.

CBS 2–04/02/2012

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 Arrested For ID Theft Scheme

Do you know this man? He might know you. Authorities say he was living in a ritzy Trump Tower apartment, driving a Mercedes Benz, and had eight credit, debit or gift cards in his name, but with someone else’s bank information.

CBS Chicago–03/29/2012

(Credit: Peoples Gas)

Peoples Gas Worker Fired For Breaching Private Customer Information

A Peoples Gas employee has been fired after breaching customer information that could be used for identity theft.

CBS Chicago–12/13/2011

Mark R. Lewis, 51, of Lakemoor, is charged with the beating death of his sister on June 6, 2011. He was arrested in Florida on July 14, 2011, after fleeing Illinois. (Credit: Naperville Police Department)

Slain Naperville Woman’s Brother Charged With Murder

A man who disappeared after the beating death of his sister in Naperville was charged Monday with four counts of murder, one count of home invasion and one count of burglary.


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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.