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Partnership focuses on identity theft protection for children

LifeLock : 19 June, 2009  (Company News)
Alliance between LifeLock and Mentor enables Mentor customers to take part in identity theft protection services from LifeLock
The Federal Trade Commission reports that identity theft is a rapidly growing crime facing many consumers—and thieves aren't stopping with the 18-and-over crowd. More and more children are falling victim to identity theft, with recent statistics from the Federal Trade Commission showing an increase of nearly 10 percent over the last two years for Americans 19 and under. Many parents as well as most young people are unaware of an attack on their identities until they have a need for clean credit as a young adult. The damage left behind by criminals can leave young adults with unfounded debt and ruined credit, providing a negative result when applying for student loans or employment.

A partnership announced between leading identity theft protection company LifeLock and Mentor, the national advocate and resource for mentoring initiatives, aims to educate consumers young and old about the dangers of identity theft. Mentor participants will also be able to receive LifeLock's comprehensive identity theft protection services at a discounted rate.

"This crime can be so devastating, but imagine being a victim at a young age and unaware that your identity has been compromised until years after the fact," said LifeLock Vice President of Corporate Communications, Mike Prusinski. "Our partnership with Mentor is an important step in educating families and our youth about the dangers of identity theft. It is our hope that, through our collaborative efforts, we will be able to better arm consumers—young and old—with the tools they need to protect themselves from becoming a victim."

Under this partnership, LifeLock will serve as a sponsor of Mentor's SafetyNET program, which has become a vital tool for nationwide mentoring programs to conduct background checks on potential mentors. LifeLock and Mentor will work together to further enhance this program by developing "Safety Days" that will focus on potential identity theft risks and protection tips.

"We believe in the power of quality mentoring relationships, and part of our work in nurturing positive programs throughout the country is ensuring the safety for the youths involved," said Tonya Wiley, Chief Administrative Officer for Mentor. "Our partnership with LifeLock will help us to educate our partners around the country about possible identity theft risks, as well as guide us in further improving our mentor selection processes. We hope that our awareness campaigns will aid in the fight against this destructive crime."
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