Originally recorded on Thursday, May 22, 2014
Identity theft takes place when someone uses YOUR personal identifying information to commit fraud or theft. It is an indiscriminate crime perpetrated on low-income earners, children in the foster care system, domestic violence survivors, the homeless, active duty military, veterans and people like you, me and those we care about.
Identity theft is the number one consumer complaint in America. It can take months/years of hard work for a victim to reclaim his or her identity. The emotional and tangible effects of victimization can be devastating, long-term and expensive.
The Center is excited to have the coordinator of the National Identity Theft Victims Assistance Network talk to the Financial Social Work community about this very important issue.
Watch to learn:
- What to do if you become a victim.
- What resources are available.
- The financial and emotional impact of identity theft on victims.
- The various kinds of identity theft.
- How to help and support clients through the many steps of identity theft recovery.
Merry O’Brien, MSW coordinates the National Identity Theft Victims Assistance Network (NITVAN), a project supported by the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), at the U.S. Department of Justice. NITVAN’s goal is to expand and improve the outreach and capacity of victim service programs to better address the rights and needs of victims of identity theft nationwide by building the field’s capacity to provide a coordinated response to the problem.
Written By Reeta Wolfsohn, CMSW
Webinar Recording: Identity Theft – How You and Your Clients Can Recover was originally published @ Center for Financial Social Work and has been syndicated with permission.
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