SF Police Receive Identity Theft Training
by Rachel Skytta, Reporter
August 28, 2013 5:05 PM
Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in America. It can happen to anyone at anytime. This is why Sioux Falls police are preparing to make sure consumers don't become victims.
"The number of cases is growing rapidly," said Sergeant Robert Harrison of the Sioux Falls Police Department.
"What we try to do is learn new tips and techniques that we can teach to the public to prevent themselves from becoming victims of identity theft."
Police and dozens of other law enforcement officials partnered wtih LifeLock and the FBI for identity theft training on Wednesday. The traning is designed to help police recognize different types of fraudulent activities as quickly as possible.
"When these consumers are coming in, filling out a police report, being able to identify what type of identity theft happened, and hopefully being able to catch the identity thief," said LifeLock's Paige Hanson, describing the ultimate goal of the training.
While credit card fraud tends to be the most common form of identity theft, law enforcement officials are also learning about some less common forms of fraudulent activity.
"There's a lot of introduction to newer methods of identity theft. Such as the way people are trying to get your information through cyber identity theft," said Hanson.
"There are computer scams, telephone scams, things like that where it becomes very difficult to track whoever's doing it," said Sgt. Harrison.
Sgt. Harrison says the amin goal is to protect the consumer as much as possible. Consumers can avoid becoming vitims of identity theft, by limiting the amount of information they share on the internet.