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  • Identity Fraud Institute

    Our Mission: Learn - Share - Collaborate

    Identity theft is on the rise. No one is immune from becoming a victim. Florida has one of the highest reported number of identity theft complaints nationwide. What can you do to protect yourself and your family?

    The best defense against identity theft is knowledge. The Identity Fraud Institute (IFI) at Hodges University is your research and education partner in the fight against identity theft.

    The Identity Fraud Institute provides the following services:

    For consumers:

    1. Seminars - learn the basics about identity theft as well as current fraud schemes.
    2. Workshops - classroom style setting provides you with hands-on experience.
    3. Victim assistance - free 30-minute sessions with a restoration expert. Sessions are held at both the Naples and Fort Myers campuses.  

    For professionals:

    1. Advanced warning bulletins (Partner organizations).
    2. Professional development and continuing education programs.
    3. Corporate training (online, on-campus and on-site programs available).

    Advisory Council

    The Collier Identity Theft Task Force has been established as the official Advisory Council of the Identity Fraud Institute. Consisting of several businesses and organizations including the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, local police departments, the Internal Revenue Service, the AARP, and 20+ other organizations, the mission of the Collier Identity Theft Task Force is to protect local citizens and educate them on identity fraud and theft. Review a full list of the IFI Advisory Council members here.

    Our Director

    Carrie Kerskie is a highly sought-after speaker, trainer, author and consultant on the topics of identity theft, fraud and data privacy. She appears regularly on various news programs, including WINK News, as an identity theft and data privacy expert. She is the author of the book, Your Public Identity; Because Nothing is Private Anymore, and a contributing writer for

    In 2014 Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart lauded Carrie with a Congressional Record for her work on identity theft.

    Carrie is the president of the Kerskie Group, Inc., which specializes in identity theft restoration, investigation and risk reduction services.

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