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For Immediate Release
June 30, 2006 Contact: Charles Evenson
608-266-2026

DFI Secretary Heinemann to Give Presentations On Fraud and Identity Theft Prevention in Hudson and River Falls

(Madison) DFI Cabinet Secretary Lorrie Keating Heinemann will give a presentation called “How to Protect Yourself from Becoming a Victim of Fraud and Identity Theft” in both Hudson and River Falls on Thursday, July 6.

The presentation in Hudson will take place at the Hudson Senior Center, 1320 Wisconsin St., Hudson at 12:30 p.m.

The River Falls presentation will take place at the Riverview Manor Apartment Building 625 N. Main St., River Falls at 2:00 p.m.

Secretary Heinemann’s presentation will provide insights on the devious traps and alluring enticements that await the unwary investor and offer tips and guidelines on how consumers can protect themselves and their families against potential fraud. She will also offer case studies, descriptions of schemes, explanations of how “boiler-room “ operators can snag the unwary and insights gained from actual cases at DFI.

The presentation will include information about Governor Doyle’s new Office of Privacy Protection. The office serves as a central hub to educate consumers and businesses on how to protect themselves against identity theft and provides assistance to those who have been victimized. (Last year, 53 million Americans had their personal information stolen.) It also assists local, state and federal law enforcement agencies with investigating and prosecuting identity crimes.

“Part of DFI’s mission is to protect consumers of financial products and services,” said Secretary Heinemann. “One way we do that is by talking proactively to citizens and educating them about the financial hazards and pitfalls that exist in the world today. If you do not know the danger signals or how to protect yourself if you are approached, you are at high risk. If protecting yourself and your family is important to you, you owe it to yourself to become more aware.”

Persons who think they have fraud complaints should contact DFI’s Office of Consumer Affairs at: 1-800-452-3328. Anyone who thinks they might be a victim of identity theft should contact Governor Doyle’s Office of Privacy Protection toll-free at: 1-800-422-7128 or on the web at www.privacy.wi.gov.