June 16, 2024


The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) has alerted residents about an online scam making rounds on social media.

According to IHDA, a deceptive flyer, allegedly advertising the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program, is being circulated on Facebook. The scam encourages users to click on a fake link to offer their details or make a personal visit to the office. IHDA has clarified that this isn’t a program or an official advertisement reaching from them.

In a separate [Scam alert: Unpaid toll texts circulating across Illinois](https://www.wcia.com/news/scam-alert-unpaid-toll-texts-circulating-in-macon-co/?ipid=promo-link-block1), it has been indicated that a Facebook page impersonating the IHDA has been set up. Illinois citizens seeking housing information through Facebook should be cautious, ensuring to use the official IHDA page identified by a blue verification tick. If in doubt, users should directly visit the IHDA’s [official website](https://www.ihda.org/) and find the Facebook link there.

IHDA has encouraged people who encounter such scams to report them to the relevant authorities. Victims who have shared their personal details or incurred a fee due to these scams should file a complaint with the local police department. Complaints can also be lodged with the [Illinois Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division](https://illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/consumer-protection/) and the [Federal Trade Commission](https://reportfraud.ftc.gov/).

To apply for assistance through the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program, IHDA advises follow [these steps](https://www.illinois.gov/news/press-release.30115.html).

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program?

The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program is a federal housing assistance initiative, aimed at helping low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled afford safe and decent housing in the private market.

How can Illinois residents apply for the Section 8 Housing Program?

To apply for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program, Illinois residents should follow the instructions listed on IHDA’s official [website](https://www.ihda.org/).

What should I do if I encounter these scams?

If you encounter such scams, report them to the local authorities. In the event that you have unknowingly provided personal information or paid a fee due to the scams, you should file a police report and lodge a complaint with both the Illinois Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division and the Federal Trade Commission.