For Release At Will: August 31, 2009
Contact: Kim Becker
City of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department
Valley View Recreation Center to Host Free Identity Theft Prevention Workshops
HENDERSON, Nev. – The City of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department is hosting free workshops designed to provide residents with the information they need to protect themselves from identity theft, which affects nearly 10 million people every year. The workshops are conducted by representatives from Citibank and are held at Valley View Recreation Center, 500 Harris St. Workshop dates include: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 9 (activity 194029-48); 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 10 (activity 194029-49); and 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17 (activity 194029-50). Participants ages 18+ may register at any City of Henderson recreation center or online at cityofhenderson.com using the appropriate activity number. Participants need only attend one session.
Identity theft can be described as using another person’s private information for one’s own gain. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), a federal agency that protects consumers from false advertising and administers many consumer protection laws, Nevada ranks fifth in the nation for identity theft, with an average of 126 complaints per 100,000 population, only ranking behind Arizona, California, Florida and Texas.
The workshop will focus on learning about what identity theft is and how residents can protect themselves from falling victim. Attendees will also participate in an interactive ID theft prevention presentation.
“Identity theft can lead to many kinds of fraud, including credit card, utilities, bank, employer and loan fraud,” said Valerie Derrick, Recreation Services supervisor for the City of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department. “In most cases, 71 percent of fraud occurs within just one week after a thief steals personal identification or information. This workshop reinforces the notion that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
For additional information, visit cityofhenderson.com or call 702-267-4060.