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Chicago FBI to receive identity theft training

LifeLock : 01 July, 2009  (Application Story)
LifeLock takes Identity Theft training seminar heads for Chicago to train local FBI personnel
Identity theft struck a record number of Illinois consumers in 2008. The latest statistics from the Federal Trade Commission show more than 13,700 consumers filed identity theft complaints, an increase of nearly 25 percent from 2007. Additionally, the length of time a victim invests in clearing their good name can be up to three or more months, according to the FTC.

A July 9th free summit being hosted by the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association (FBI-LEEDA) and LifeLock aims to close in on identity thieves by arming local, state and federal law enforcement officials in and around the Chicago region. The event will provided information about this widespread crime and access to the tools that will help them put these criminals away. The summit, which will be held in West Chicago, Ill., is part of a series being offered under a three-year partnership between FBI-LEEDA and LifeLock, Inc. The Chicago event marks the 10th summit in the series, and nearly 1,200 law enforcement officials have participated in the previous nine events held in cities throughout the US.

"We have had a tremendous response to these programs and are looking forward to continuing outreach efforts and summits throughout the country," said LifeLock CEO Todd Davis. "We are honored to partner with an organization such as the FBI-LEEDA to work to get this valuable information in the hands of those who are battling this crime on the front lines. We know that education is a vital component in the fight against identity theft, and every new person we reach with our message means more roads are closed to criminals."

Participants in the Chicago law enforcement summit will learn about identity theft and its economic, personal and employment impacts as well as hear stories from others who have been affected by this crime or have worked to combat it. Law enforcement officials will also learn the latest investigation strategies as well as have opportunities to network with other agencies to improve inter-agency communication, which can aid in tracking down identity thieves. Senior Investigator Justin Feffer, a veteran officer from California, will serve as the key note speaker and will share information he has learned during his work on the Los Angeles County Cyber Crime Team as well as the Electronic Crimes Task Force.

The Chicago summit will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the West Chicago Community High School, 326 Joliet St., in West Chicago, Ill. To register, visit the FBI-LEEDA Web site. The summit is open to chiefs, sheriffs, investigative supervisors, fraud unit investigators, patrol officers and community policing personnel.

"We are excited to bring this important training to our law enforcement community," said Tom Stone, Executive Director of FBI-LEEDA. "By joining together and opening avenues of communication, we gain the ability to share effective policing strategies and connect identity theft cases from several cities and states to ensure that these criminals get the punishments they deserve."

The latest Federal Trade Commission reports show the number of identity theft complaints has grown by 80 percent since 2000. In the face of this growing crime, law enforcement officials are often forced to track criminals who operate across multiple borders and jurisdictions. Improving communication and promoting information sharing between law enforcement entities is a key step in closing in on identity thieves.
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