Retirees Encouraged to Take Steps to Reduce Identity Theft

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Retirees in Southwest Florida will now have the opportunity to learn about reducing their chances of identity theft thanks to Hodges University’s Identity Fraud Institute.

Carrie Kerskie, director of the Identity Fraud Institute at Hodges, will host “Steps to Reduce the Risk of Identity Theft” from 3:00-4:00 p.m. on January 11 and January 18, 2017. The one-hour session will discuss how to implement the various steps in order to reduce the risk of identity theft. “These steps can help you reduce or prevent your risk of new account fraud, government benefits identity theft and more,” said Kerskie. For individuals who have been a victim of identity theft, Kerskie assures this information will help to reduce the risk of recurrence.

“While identity theft cannot be prevented, there are simple steps that one can take to greatly reduce the risk of specific types of identity theft. Not all identity theft can be detected by credit monitoring,” she said.

The event on January 11 will be held in the Gaynor building on the Naples campus, which is located at 2655 Northbrooke Drive, Naples, FL 34119. The event on January 18 will be held in Building U on the Fort Myers campus, which is located at 4501 Colonial Boulevard, Fort Myers, FL 33966.

The cost to attend is $25 per person. Payment is accepted online, by check or at the door. To register, visit https://hu.formstack.com/forms/identity_theft_risk_reduction.

For more information, contact Carrie Kerskie at ckerskie@hodges.edu or (239) 598-6281.

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