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Preventing Identity Theft

Event Type: Face-to-Face
Date: 9/16/2014
Start Time: 9:00 AM
End Time: 4:00 PM
 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 consumerís 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

Academic Library staff will be interested in this workshop because students and professors use the Internet for many of their educational research projects. Social Networking plays a vital role in the daily lives and activities of both groups. Facebook and Linkedin are two of the most important social media sites for many users. Students and professors have often been targeted by these Cybercriminals because of their busy schedules and their dependence on the Internet. Library staff can expect to be called upon to assist people victimized by these unfortunate situations.

Public Library staff will find this training beneficial because we encounter patrons daily coming to the library seeking help in setting up email accounts, searching for employment, trying to obtain social assistance, and setting up social media accounts such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and Craigís List. Many of our patrons are unable to afford home computers and must depend on the library for access to their bank accounts and other personal data. This seminar will help educate patrons and staff in what steps can be taken to minimize the problems caused by identity thieves.

School Librarians and Media Specialists will be interested in this workshop because the Internet and Social Media play significant roles in the daily activities related to purchasing and educational tools for students and staff.

Special Libraries will be interested in this workshop because it will help them understand the major issues with identity theft which may be critical since many institutions of this nature cater to specialized highly paid professionals and staff who are frequent targets.

Location: SWFLN Office: 13120 Westlinks Terrace, Unit 3 Fort Myers, FL 33913 (239) 313-6338
Registration Ends: 9/9/2014 at 12:00 AM
Other Information:
 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 Bachelorís Degree in Political Science and a Masterís Degree in Library and Information Science, both from Florida State University.
Contact: Jose Rodriguez-Valdes
Contact Number: (239) 313-6338
Presenter: Bryan Mulcahy
Status: Closed

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