June 15, 2024

# A Public Warning from The Illinois Housing Development Authority: Beware of Online Scams

The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) is alerting residents about a hoax sweeping the internet. This scam is specifically direct at those seeking housing assistance, being spread through flyers on Facebook that claim there is a waitlist for properties under the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program. The duplicitous flyer encourages users to either click an online link or visit an office directly, both of which are not related to IHDA.

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IHDA further explains that there is now a fake IHDA page on Facebook. They are urging residents to be vigilant when using Facebook for housing information, making sure they’re on the official, verified IHDA page that has a blue badge. If one isn’t sure, they should check IHDA’s official [website](https://www.ihda.org/) and use the Facebook link from there.

If anyone comes across these scams, the IHDA encourages reports to the relevant authorities. If you have shared your personal details or transferred money to fraudulent sites, you can lodge a police report, and also connect with the [Illinois Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division](https://illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/consumer-protection/) and the [Federal Trade Commission](https://reportfraud.ftc.gov/).

For legitimate access to housing services under the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program, you can follow the given steps on the IHDA [website](https://www.illinois.gov/news/press-release.30115.html).

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program?

A: The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program is a government initiative to assist low-income families, senior citizens, and disabled individuals, to afford decent, secure and sanitary housing.

Q: How do scams associated to housing assistance work?

A: Housing assistance scams involve fraudsters posing as authorities and luring potential victims with claims of available properties or waitlists. They can distribute flyers on social media sites like Facebook, encouraging people to click fraudulent links or physically visit non-existent offices.

Q: how can I protect myself from these scams?

A: It’s important to verify the official pages or websites of any Housing Aid that you are seeking. Currently, for IHDA, you can verify by checking for a blue badge which indicates a page is officially verified. Always check official communications and links, and never divulge personal or financial information without careful consideration. If something seems too good to be true, it probably is.