"Identity Theft: Protect Yourself " to be held at Abernethy Laurels

April 3, 2015

Abernethy Laurels will host a program titled "Identity Theft: Protect Yourself" on April 7 at 2pm on the campus of the retirement community. The program is free and open to the public.

The number of identity fraud victims jumped to 13.1 million in 2013, a new report from Javelin Strategy & Research finds. That's an increase of 500,000 from 2012 and the second highest number of victims since Javelin began conducting its annual study in 2004. With numerous mass security breaches and increased crime, preliminary reports suggest that 2014 will prove to have an even higher number of victims.

Identity fraud occurs when someone's personal information is used to access money, while identity theft is when personal information is accessed, even if it isn't used for financial gain. According to TransUnion, identity theft is the fastest growing crime in America with 19 people falling victim every minute. Typically, it takes 14 months before a victim discovers identity theft - then it can take years to resolve. </p><p>The information session, being presented by Ryan Edwards with Southeast Retirement Planners, will provide tips on identity fraud, theft, scams and other related criminal activities. "Identity theft criminals are becoming more sophisticated and taking drastic measures, so it's important that we do what we can to keep ourselves protected," stated Edwards.