Identity Theft Convictions on the Rise

Nick Fishman

According to the Identity Theft Task Force, federal identity theft convictions increased by 26% in 2007 over the previous year.  That is a staggering figure.  An article written by Wired News reports “as many as 1,534 people were convicted in 2006, and a year later, 1,943 were convicted nationwide on various identity theft violations. The report, however, said there are about 1.6 million complaints of identity theft on file with the Federal Trade Commission.”

It’s no wonder the FTC has now decided to enforce its “Red Flags” Guidelines for curbing identity theft which go into effect November 1, 2008.  These new regulations seems to be the best kept secret out there.  However, did you know that among those affected are companies that conduct background checks in their employees?  That’s a pretty big audience, right?  If you aren’t aware of how this affects you, check out our recent webinar which explains what the guidelines are and how to get in compliance.  The Webinar can be downloaded at http://university.employeescreen.com/white_papers

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Nick Fishman

Nick Fishman is the co-founder of EmployeeScreenIQ, a leading, global employment background screening provider, and serves as the company’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer. He pioneered the creation of EmployeeScreen University, the #1 educational resource on employment background checks for human resources, security and risk management professionals. A recognized industry expert, Nick is a frequent author, presenter and contributor to the news media. Nick is also a licensed private investigator in the states of Ohio and Texas.
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