Identity theft rises during the pandemic

A new study shows an alarming rise in reports of Identity theft nationwide, and there's a major uptick in Illinois -- one that was stunning to one analyst who performed the study.
Senior research analyst Nick VinZant says Illinois saw a 484 percent increase in identity theft reports – in just the last year. That’s the 5th highest in the nation.

More than 135,000 Illinoisans reported a case of identity theft in 2020 -- six more times than 209's total of a little more than 23,000 cases.  Some Americans are still waiting on their next round of the stimulus check, so the numbers could get higher.

94.1 WGFA