Monday, April 19, 2010

Chamber To Host Identity Theft Seminar

Stop a thief from stealing you! According to Federal Trade statistics, 10 to 30 million individuals and businesses have their identity misused or stolen annually. The process of restoring your name can be overwhelming and costly.

The Cookeville-Putnam County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring an Identify Theft Seminar on Thursday, April 29 in two sessions. Choose either the morning session from 10 a.m. to noon or the afternoon session from 2 to 4 p.m. at Leslie Town Centre in the Herald-Citizen Conference Room, located at 1 West First Street in Cookeville.

The seminar will be presented by Jim Grant, Task Force Officer with the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force who deals directly with identity theft and fraud on a daily basis. He conducts seminars and workshops across the state about how to avoid this major crime.

“Identify theft is serious and takes many forms,” said Ellene Duncan, vice president of special projects at the Chamber. “While some identity thief victims can resolve their problems quickly, others spend hundreds of dollars and many days repairing damage to their good name and credit record.”

Businesses and individuals will learn:
Who is at risk for identity theft
The meaning of identity theft
Steps to reduce your exposure to identity theft
What to do if your identity is stolen
Businesses can learn how to help their customers deal with identity thief

The cost to attend this two hour seminar is $15 for Chamber members (4 or more from the same company receives a discount of $5 each) or $20 for non-members.

For more information or to register for this important seminar, call the Chamber at 931-526-2211.