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Identity Theft Awareness Week Commences

LifeLock : 13 August, 2010  (Company News)
LifeLock is involved in Identity Theft Awareness Week with an identity theft summit scheduled to take place for law enforcement bodies during the week
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has announced a proclamation declaring August 16 - 20, 2010 Identity Theft Awareness Week for the state of Arizona. The proclamation, proposed by the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association (FBI-LEEDA), and supported in full by LifeLock comes at a time when the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) ranks Arizona 2nd in identity theft nationwide. In conjunction with Gov. Brewer urging citizens to better educate themselves about identity theft and ways to protect their personal information, LifeLock and FBI-LEEDA are sponsoring their first-ever advanced two-day identity theft summit for law enforcement August 17 - 18, 2010.

Increased identity theft awareness is important not only for consumers but for law enforcement officials who are working daily to combat the crime and put thieves behind bars. In an effort to further educate Arizona law enforcement, LifeLock and FBI-LEEDA are sponsoring the advanced two-day summit Tuesday, August 17 and Wednesday, August 18. Hosted by Chief Alan G. Rodbell and the Scottsdale Police Department, the two-day training course will provide local and statewide law enforcement officials from Arizona with the latest information on identity theft trends, new scams, and investigative methods.

"We are eager to sponsor our first advanced two-day identity theft summit right here in our home state of Arizona, and applaud the Scottsdale Police Department for hosting it," said Todd Davis, LifeLock Chairman and CEO. "In a state which unfortunately ranks 2nd in the nation for the number of identity theft complaints reported by residents, it is absolutely critical we help our law enforcement officials understand the most current trends of this crime, and provide an interactive setting for them to share field experiences with one another. During Identity Theft Awareness Week, we hope more individuals will recognize identity theft as the serious crime that it is."

The advanced course will provide law enforcement participants with hands-on experience with the various tools currently being used by identity thieves. Participants will hear from law enforcement officials, local prosecutors, as well as experts in the field of peer-to-peer networking.

As part of an ongoing nationwide series of free, interactive training sessions offered through a partnership between LifeLock and FBI-LEEDA, the summit will help to increase law enforcement's knowledge base on this crime. Since October 2008, LifeLock and FBI-LEEDA have reached 27 different cities across the country—from Orlando to Detroit to Los Angeles—with the initial one-day program. To date, that course has reached approximately 2,600 law enforcement officials from more than 850 different agencies.

"We are excited to be a part of this program and to have the opportunity to further educate our law enforcement - the men and women who work on the front lines everyday to protect citizens and provide justice for those who have been victimized," said Chief Rodbell. "The importance of this initiative is tremendous. With so many facets, identity theft is ever-changing, and we need these types of educational efforts to be made in order to increase the knowledge base of this crime and protect more people from becoming victims."

According to Javelin Strategy & Research's "2010 Identity Fraud Survey Report," an estimated 11.1 million Americans were the victim of identity fraud last year. This is up from an estimated 9.9 million victims in 2009. The same report states that the number of arrests made in 2009 doubled from the previous year, to 12 percent. The FTC received 31,141 complaints of identity theft and identity fraud from Arizona residents in 2009.

Details for the Advanced Two-Day Identity Theft Summit:

The Scottsdale, Ariz. area summit will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 17 and Wednesday, August 18 at Coventry Health, 4141 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85251.
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