Identity Theft Awareness Week Jan 31-Feb 4

February, 1, 2022

River Forest, IL – The River Forest Police Department wants to inform our residents that the Federal Trade Commission has marked the week of January 31 through February 4, 2022, as Identity Theft Awareness Week. By definition, identity theft happens when someone uses your personal or financial information, like your Social Security or financial account numbers, to commit fraud. (

The Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) has been identified by the U.S Department of Justice as an official support resource for the public.

The Identity Theft Resource Center was established as a national non-profit in 1999, and they provide identity theft recovery and prevention services at no cost. The ITRC is a resource for businesses and individuals alike and can be reached online or via phone. The ITRC is supported by many major corporations and the U.S. Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime.

To access ITRC services, contact them at 1.888.400.5530 Monday through Friday 6 AM PT to 5 PM ET or click on this link:  

Immediate questions can be directed to the River Forest Police Department Crime Prevention Unit | Officer Ben Ransom: 708.714.3543 or

If you suspect that you are a victim of identity theft and want to make a police report, contact the River Forest Police Department Non-Emergency Number at 708.366.7125.

                                              “If You See Something, Say Something”

                           Always dial 911 for emergencies such as crimes or medical events in progress.