Progress being made in fight against identity theft

Cooperation between law enforcement agencies cited

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Cooperation between state, federal, and local law enforcement has helped crack-down on identity theft, a state official says.

John Chapman, Undersecretary for the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation was in western Massachusetts Tuesday for a forum at Holyoke Community College. He told a group of concerned citizens gathered there that they are making progress in the fight against this type of crime.

“People should be comforted by the fact that the state and federal authorities are working together to protect those consumers as best as we possibly can,” Chapman told 22News.He was one of several state officials on hand for Tuesday’s forum. The visit was part of a statewide tour focused on helping consumers avoid potentially costly mistakes.

HCC was one of the six locations across Massachusetts where a team of regulatory agency heads are hearing from concerned citizens.