Thursday, March 12, 2009

LifeLock® and FBI-LEEDA to Educate Georgia Law Enforcement to Combat Identity Theft

(BUSINESS WIRE)--Located in the heart of the Southeast, Atlanta is well known for its civil war battlefields, sports & entertainment events, and a myriad of other tourist attractions. While the Peach State is the ninth largest state in the U.S., it is a prime target for identity thieves. In 2008, more than 38,000 Georgia residents filed identity theft or fraud complaints with the Federal Trade Commission, placing the state 7th in the nation for identity theft.

A March 19 Identity Theft Summit, hosted by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association (FBI-LEEDA) and LifeLock®, aims to arm local and regional law enforcement officials with information about rising trends in identity theft. The summit is part of a series being offered under a unique partnership between FBI-LEEDA and LifeLock.

“This program is part of extensive efforts we have made in educating law enforcement through our partnership with FBI-LEEDA,” said LifeLock CEO Todd Davis. “Identity theft is a crime that has no boundaries, and by forging relationships with those in law enforcement, we all become better equipped to fight these criminals. LifeLock has a history of partnering with those who share the vision of empowering consumers to protect themselves, and our partnership with FBI-LEEDA brings us even closer to our ultimate goal — eliminating identity theft."

Participants in the program 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 have opportunities to network with other agencies to improve inter-agency communication, which can aid in tracking down identity thieves.

“Participants will really be surprised by the number of stories about identity theft,” says Wayne Ivey, a 27-year veteran of law enforcement and the keynote speaker of the Identity Theft Summit. “The key to stopping identity theft is education and awareness. The connections officers will make with other agencies by participating in the summit will be the most valuable thing they come away with, which in turn, will help greatly in their investigations.”

The Atlanta summit is the sixth in an ongoing series spanning the nation. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Atlanta Marriot Alpharetta, 5750 Windward Parkway, Alpharetta, Ga. To register, contact Paige Pedersen at The summit is open to chiefs, sheriffs, investigative supervisors, fraud unit investigators, patrol officers and community policing personnel.

“The positive response from our summits has been overwhelming, and 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 through information and education, we gain the ability to share effective policing strategies and connect identity theft cases from several cities and states to ensure that these criminals are brought to justice. It’s refreshing to have a private organization like LifeLock recognize the need for this training and to support it across the nation.”

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