Many people file their income tax returns as early in the year as possible. Some are eager to claim their tax refund right away, while others are trying not to procrastinate. Let me add another good reason to file your taxes right away: tax refund identity fraud.
Their names may sound funny but their financial consequences are not: "Phishing," "smishing" and "vishing" are just a few of the ways criminals can gain access to your financial or personal information via your computer or smartphone.
The signing into law of my office's initiative -- the Illinois Debt Settlement Consumer Protection Act -- will provide Illinois consumers with the strongest protection in the nation against the abuses of debt settlement companies.