Identity theft occurs when someone uses another’s personal identifying information, like their name, social security number or credit card number, to commit fraud or theft. Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States. A 2021 Javeline Strategy study estimates Americans lost a total of $56 billion dollars in Identity Theft scams. These alarming statistics demonstrate identity theft may be the most frequent, costly and pervasive crime in the United States. This presentation will cover the various types of identity theft, to include child ID theft, medical ID theft, tax ID theft and data breaches. The ease of accessing our personal information online and through public information resources will also be discussed.
Your presenter is Mr. Andre Lingham, Founder and President for the Center of Elder Justice and Education and a distinguished retired Howard County Police Officer. The Center of Elder Justice and Education was established in 2021 and is a non-profit organization that promotes elder abuse awareness and education. Their mission is done by virtual and in person training to senior citizens, the general public, government agencies, police departments and private institutions. Andre previously served over 30 years in law enforcement and retired from the Howard County Police Department in 2019 to focus full time on elder abuse awareness and education. While a member of the Howard County Police Department, he served as the Senior Citizen Liaison for 5 years. In 2014, Andre was named Howard Police Officer of the Year and 2015 American Legion Law Enforcement Officer of the Year for his work educating and protecting seniors