Judge to Present ‘Protecting Your Identity and Your Assets’

Cook County, IL-(ENEWSPF)- Identity theft is a form of fraud of another person’s identity in which someone pretends to be someone else by assuming that person’s identity, typically in order to access resources or obtain credit and other benefits in that person’s name. The victim of identity theft can suffer adverse consequences if he or she is held accountable for the perpetrator’s actions. Organizations and individuals who are duped or defrauded by the identity thief can also suffer adverse consequences and losses, and to that extent are also victims.

Judge Patrick J. Sherlock, Circuit Court of Cook County and a candidate for the Illinois Appellate Court, is currently assigned to the post-judgment enforcement section responsible for handling the collection of debts on all variety of matters. Judge Sherlock will present “Protecting Your Identity and Your Assets”. The presentation will be made at 12:30 p.m. during Cook County Commissioner Joan Patricia Murphy’s “Energy Assistance and Information Fair.” The Energy Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, November 18th at the Charity Raffle Hall, located in the Rivercrest Shopping Center, 13101 Rivercrest Drive in Crestwood.

The program will last approximately 30 minutes followed by a question and answer session.

“All too often, I see cases where one party is the subject of a debt collection matter and that person knows nothing about the lawsuit,” says Judge Sherlock. “This presentation is the Court system’s way of letting people know how to protect their identities so that they do not become the subject of identity theft.”

According to the F.B.I., identity theft is the fastest-growing white-collar crime in the United States. Nowadays, when your purse or wallet gets stolen, the cash inside may not be the only thing a thief wants to steal. The most valuable items in your wallet are your Social Security number, ATM card, credit cards, bank checks, and any other items containing your personal information. Additionally, during the course of a busy day, you share this information when making transactions in person, over the telephone and online to buy goods and services. If this sensitive information falls into the hands of a criminal, it may be used to steal your financial identity.

Although it is impossible to guarantee that identity theft will never happen to you, this presentation provides information about how to reduce your chances of becoming a victim and what actions you can take if it does occur.