Cheyenne, Wyo. (KGWN) After helping train more than 10,000 law enforcement professionals in 49 states FBI-LEEDA and LifeLock helped train members of law enforcement agencies in a 50th state Thursday, Wyoming. DCI hosted an identity theft summit with experts providing information and live demos to help combat this growing crime.
According to the Federal Trade Commission, the Cowboy state is ranked 42 in the nation for identity theft. However, Mark Sullivan of FBI-LEEDA says the number one challenge is under reporting from victims.
"(Victims) will notify their financial institution and the institution may just refund the money to their account and that's the end of it," says Sullivan. He goes on to say the ranking of 42 means nothing for that reason.
The course presented at the summit gave participants a hands-on experience with various tools being used by identity thieves. With technology constantly changing members of FBI-LEEDA hope that local law enforcement agencies can stay ahead of the game.
Many details of the summit were not released publicly to keep those interested in performing similar crimes from learning too much information.
While officers were trained on combating identity theft at the summit, Sullivan hopes the public will also take on personal responsibility.
"We encourage people to monitor their own credit reports and be vigilant in monitoring their own accounts... We have found that children have been victimized by identity theft thieves and that goes unchecked sometimes for years until they might apply for a job when they reach 15 or 16 years old," said Sullivan.
Members of LifeLock, FBI-LEEDA and Wyoming DCI encourage everyone to keep track of their finances and credit reports. More details on how you can protect yourself can be found in the links on the sidebar of this article.