June 16, 2024

# Warning from IL House Development Authority about an online deception

![Scam alert](https://investmentshoax.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/scam-source-pexels-anna-tarazevich-1024×683.jpg)
(Source: Pexels/Anna Tarazevich)

The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) is cautioning vulnerable citizens about a cyber-fraud mimicking IHDA or related housing organizations.

A deceitful flyer circulating on Facebook pretends to be a notification from IHDA. It announces that waiting lists for certain properties under Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8) are now open.

The scam invites people to give out their personal data via an unauthentic link or by visiting the IHDA office. IHDA affirms it is not connected to such a program.

IHDA has not run any campaigns for Section 8 housing and doesn’t support any such claims.

A counterfeit IHDA page on Facebook also exists. IHDA advises those who use Facebook for housing news to validate if they are engaging with the IHDA’s official page, signified by a blue tick next to IHDA’s name.

To ascertain certainty, individuals can access IHDA’s official Facebook page through www.ihda.org and then clicking the Facebook icon on the homepage.

Those searching for public housing should remain vigilant of dubious websites and social media posts. Any suspicious activity should be immediately reported to authorities.

If somebody has shared personal details or made a financial transaction through these hoax sites, it’s recommended to report the matter to local police and file complaints with the Illinois Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division and the Federal Trade Commission.

If you are seeking help via the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program, please keep the following points in mind:

– Reach out to your local public housing authority to check if they are taking in Section 8 housing applications or how to get on a waiting list.
– Housing authorities don’t impose fees to join a waiting list.
– Never divulge your Social Security Number, credit card information, or any other personal data on a site you stumble upon through an online search.
– Check with a HUD-approved housing counseling agency to find out about your local aid options.
– For finding an affordable housing unit near you, visit [ILHousingSearch.org](https://ilhousingsearch.org/).

Related In-Depth Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: How can I apply for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program?

A: You will need to contact your local public housing authority to check if they are accepting applications for Section 8 housing, or how to apply for a waiting list.

Q2: Are there any costs associated with joining a waitlist for Section 8 housing?

A: No, housing authorities do not demand fees to be on a waiting list for Section 8 housing.

Q3: What precautions should I take while providing personal information online while searching for housing programs?

A: You should never disclose your Social Security Number, credit card data, or other personal details on a website you found via an online search. If in doubt, always contact a HUD-approved housing counseling agency for guidance.