Avoiding identity theft is library topic on March 5

by Roberta Roth on March 1, 2011

Did you know that identify theft is the fastest growing crime in our nation?  Identity theft occurs when someone uses your personally identifying information, like your name, Social Security number, or credit card number, without your permission, to commit fraud or other crimes.

The FTC estimates that as many as 9 million Americans have their identities stolen each year. The crime takes many forms. Identity thieves may rent an apartment, obtain a credit card, or establish a telephone account in your name. You may not find out about the theft until you review your credit report or a credit card statement and notice charges you didn’t make — or until you’re contacted by a debt collector.

Kai Deering, an expert on identity theft, will discuss Avoid Identity Theft: Deter-Detect-Defend on Saturday, March 5th at 11:00 am at the Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma Street.  The presentation is free and sponsored by the Friends of the Menlo Park Library. A free information packet will be available for each attendee.

Ms. Deering is Executive Director of Prepaid Legal Services, Inc. and a former board member of Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers.

Free van service to the program is available for Menlo Park seniors and people with disabilities.  For more information or to schedule transportation, call 330-2512 or contact Roberta Roth, Outreach Librarian, rlroth@menlopark.org

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