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For Immediate Release
May 17, 2006 Contact: Charles Evenson
608:266-2026

DFI Secretary Heinemann to Give Presentation on Fraud and Identity Theft Prevention in Iola

(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” at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 18th at the Iola Senior Center, 180 S. Main St., Iola.

Secretary Heinemann’s presentation will provide insights on the devious traps and alluring enticements that await investors 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. It also assists local, state and federal law enforcement agencies with investigating and prosecuting identity crimes. Last year, 53 million Americans had their personal information stolen.

“A key 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 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.