Victims of Identity Fraud in Southwest Florida Now Have a Local Resource for Help
Earlier this summer, Hodges University announced the establishment of the Identity Fraud Institute. The Identity Fraud Institute, which is research and education focused, will serve as the central hub for all identity theft and fraud related information in and throughout the state of Florida, as well as provide victim assistance programs.
Previously mentioned, citizen education is a prominent component of the institute. While programs are in development, the institute has begun offering free, 30-minute consultations for victims of identity fraud once a month at the Naples and Fort Myers campuses. Victims will meet with Carrie Kerskie, Director of the Identity Fraud Institute, identity fraud expert and Florida Licensed Private Investigator. Open to the public, Individuals must schedule an appointment and can expect to leave with actionable recommendations specific to their case.
“While identity fraud can’t be prevented, there are signs to look for and steps to take in the event of an attack,” commented Kerskie. For the community, she advises the following preventative measures:
- #1: Monitor – This is the most important step in preventing an identity theft attack. Free resources such as comare available.
- #2: Use Credit Cards – Kerskie advises the use of credit cards, not debit cards. In the event of an attack, credit cards users are more likely to have issues resolved without loss of liquid funds.
- #3: Beware of Traps: If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
For more information on the Identity Fraud Institute or to schedule your consultation, please visit Hodges.edu/identity or call (239) 598-6281.