ID Theft Partnership

By Julie Montanaro
October 17, 5:45pm

Identity thieves have been busy in Tallahassee this year with 430 cases reported so far, and police say there's no end in sight.

Tallahassee police are teaming up with local consumer advocates and Envision Credit Union to try to teach people how to better protect themselves from high-tech opportunists. It's called the "Get Ahead Partnership."

"Nearly 10 million people have been the victim of identity theft. Online fraud and identity theft have jumped 50 percent from June of just a year ago," said Tallahassee Police LT Kelly Burke, quoting a Federal Trade Commission report.

If you are a wireless Internet subscriber, do you know what to do to protect yourself from "war driving?" Do you even know what it is? If not, you may want to pick up one of the group's brochures. It's chock full of info that could save your money and your good name.

The brochures are available at the Tallahassee Police Department and Envision Credit Union.