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Attorney General warns of credit fraud

QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) - Consumer fraud and identity theft continue to rank among the top complaints to the Illinois Attorney General.  That's why Lisa Madigan held a roundtable in Quincy Thursday afternoon with community and business leaders at John Wood Community College.

She updated them on the top concerns involving data security breaches, identity theft, and other scams.

To avoid being a victim, Madigan says you need to look at your monthly credit card statements, get free copies of your credit report, put a security freeze on your credit, and she also recommends putting a transaction alert for purchases made on your credit and debit cards.

"You can sign up to say every single time my card is used, whether you decide to set it at $5 or $500, you'll get a text message," Madigan said. "If you're sitting at work and something pops up and you see somebody just purchased hundreds of dollars of electronic equipment in your name, you know there's something wrong. You immediately turn that card over, call the number on the back and you report it."

Madigan sat down with WGEM's Matt Schmidt to talk more about data breaches and consumer fraud, click here to see that interview.

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