Information sessions held for identity theft protection

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in America. According to the Federal Trade Commission, Americans lost $1.6 billion to fraud in 2013 alone.

Milagros Johnson of the Springfield Mayor’s Office of Consumer Information made the first of three free presentations at the Umass Center at Springfield’s Tower Square on Wednesday. She said they receive about one hundred new cases of identity theft in Hampden County every month. Thieves are constantly looking for new ways to get their hands on your information and money.

In her presentation, Johnson spoke about several of the newest threats, including medical identity theft. She told 22News “I also introduce them to deceased identity theft: when a deceased identity is stolen and someone uses the deceased information to obtain credit cards and buy goods.”

There are still two more informational sessions scheduled: “Being Credit Wise” on Tuesday, July 14th; and “Being Car Smart” on Thursday, August 13th. Both sessions start at noon and end around 1pm.

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