TPD Helps Protect Against Identity Theft

The Tallahassee Police Department is trying to keep you from becoming a victim of identity theft. It is the fastest growing crime in the United States resulting in losses of more $47 billion each year.

SGT Bill Bierbaum, Tallahassee Police Department, said, "The average loss for a victim of identity theft is around $4,800."

The police are taking on the fight against identity theft with a new initiative, which includes education on prevention and enhanced resources and tools for investigators.

Part of the fight includes spreading the fact that unknown e-mails are a common way your neighbors are falling prey to identity theft. It's called phishing.

An example, a Citi Bank e-mail appears real, but it's not. Your financial institution or any other company would never ask for personal information through e-mail.

Ann Marchant, Tallahassee resident, says, "It's scary, anytime somebody asks you for information, you think, what for?”

If you've been a victim, the police will guide you on what to do so your credit is secure.

TPD will hold a press conference Wednesday to officially announce the program.