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Illinois now has a HOT line to aid identity theft victims

ILLINOIS -- Illinois has formed a new hot line for residents to report identity theft and take steps to repair their credit and prevent future problems, Atty. Gen. Lisa Madigan said Tuesday.

The hot line is designed to provide immediate counseling to victims, she said.

Madigan said the Federal Trade Commission received 11,137 identity theft complaints from Illinois residents in 2005. Madigan's office received 325 complaints last year concerning identity theft, she said.

Illinois residents can reach the identity theft hot line by calling 866-999-5630. For the hearing-impaired, the TTY number is 877-844-5461.

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