Identify theft is the unauthorized use of another person’s personal identifying information to commit financial fraud. Upon obtaining such personal identifiers, identity thieves have the ability to commit financial crimes such as opening phony bank accounts, getting unauthorized credit cards, applying for car or house loans and leasing apartments with a false name. Identity thieves may even develop a criminal record or file bankruptcy in their victim’s name. Please find below identity theft prevention tips, as well as steps to take if you become an identity theft victim. For more information, please contact the Police Department at 815-462-6100.Identity Theft Prevention Tips:
If you become a victim of identity theft:
How criminals get your personal information:
Dumpster Diving. They rummage through trash looking for bills or other paper with your personal information on it.
Skimming. They steal credit/debit card numbers by using a special storage device when processing your card.
Phishing. They pretend to be financial institutions or companies and send spam or pop-up messages to get you to reveal your personal information.
Changing Your Address. They divert your billing statements to another location by completing a change of address form.
Old-Fashioned Stealing. They steal wallets and purses; mail, including bank and credit card statements; pre-approved credit offers; and new checks or tax information. They steal personnel records, or bribe employees who have access.
Pretexting. They use false pretenses to obtain your personal information from financial institutions, telephone companies, and other sources. For more information about pretexting, click here.
Information to guard from identity thieves:
Below is a list of security tips to consider when you and your family are away from home for an extended period of time. For additional questions or for more information, please contact the Village of New Lenox’s Police Department at 815-462-6100.
The following tips help prevent vehicle break-ins, which could lead to theft of the vehicle itself or of property items from the vehicle.