State Senator Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) is sharing information from the Attorney General’s Office to help individuals take steps to help protect personal or financial information from being compromised.
Senator Bryant, who has been a vocal critic of the ongoing failures within the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES), is encouraging citizens to take the recommended precautionary steps to help prevent fraudulent activity.
The Attorney General’s Office asks that citizens:
- Monitor credit reports
- Request fraud alerts by contacting a nationwide credit bureau
- Consider placing a freeze on credit reports
- Monitoring all financial accounts for unauthorized activities.
With identity fraud involving unemployment claims hitting an all-time high in Illinois, Sen. Bryant continues her calls on the Pritzker Administration to address the failures within the system and be proactive in protecting the personal information of Illinois residents.
Since March, over 200,000 fraudulent claims have been filed with IDES.
Residents interested in learning more about how they can protect themselves from potential identity theft can also visit the Attorney General’s website or by calling the Attorney General’s Identity Theft Hotline at 1-866-999-5630 for assistance.