Safe Family Report: Protect yourself from identity theft

During tough economic times, scammers often target the elderly, but they can also target you.

In this KHQA Safe Family report, what can you do to prevent yourself from being a fraud victim.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan was in Quincy Thursday. She hosted a consumer education program for seniors.

One of the main topics was fraud prevention. She advises you to use common sense. If it seems too good to be true it probably is. Scammers are now finding new ways to get your information.

"With older people they're still phoning, they're still going door to door. But for people that are on the internet, that is where so many of the scams have gone to. So you've got to be real careful of all the span you get, even of opening it. Sometimes the virus gets worse. When you get emails and you think that they're legitimate and somehow or another you're giving away again, your personal information, social security number, or personal financial information such as back account routing numbers or credit card numbers. Don't do it," Madigan said

She also said consumer debt is the most common form of complaint, followed by identity theft. Also for more information you can go to the Illinois Attorney General website.