SWFLN Preventing Identity Theft

From a law enforcement perspective, identity theft occurs when someone uses your personal identifying information without your permission.  The most common targets are name and signatures, social security numbers, credit card numbers, and bank and brokerage account numbers.  The Federal Trade Commission and Federal Bureau of Investigation estimates that as many as 9 million Americans have their identity stolen each year.  Most people only discover they have been victimized after receiving a credit card bill or contacted by a debt collector.  This presentation will assist you in navigating this process.

Program One:  What is Identity Theft

1. Legal definition
2. Overview of the problem
3. How identity theft impacts the economy
4. Most common methods used by criminals to steal a consumer’s identity
5. Most reliable ways to minimize your risks
6. How to defend yourself once your identity has been stolen

Program Two:  Identity Theft and Online Shopping

1. Overview of the problem
2. Most reliable ways to minimize your risks
3. Electronic consumer resources

Program Three:  Social Networking and Identity Theft

1. Legal definition of a social networking site
2. Benefits to individuals, businesses, and society
3. Potential avenues for identity theft and worse
4. Examples of social media abuse leading to identity theft
5. Most reliable ways to minimize your risks

Presenter:  Bryan Mulcahy

Bryan Mulcahy has worked as a Reference Librarian for the Lee County Library System since 1990.  He provides reference and directional assistance with special emphasis on patron genealogical research; collection development; supervision and recruitment of volunteers, and is also the branch literacy coordinator and the branch safety/building coordinator for the library.  Bryan has also worked as a Reference Librarian at Hodges University since 1999.  Bryan also gives speeches to genealogy and business groups in the community.  Bryan holds an AA Degree in Business from Miami-Dade Community College, a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science, both from Florida State University.

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