Coffee with the Commander: how to protect against identity theft

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coffee-commanderThe Federal Trade Commission reports that one person in four will become a victim of identity theft. This week, you can grab a cup of gourmet coffee and join the LBPD commander Wednesday, January 20, to discuss ways to avoid identity-theft scams.

Identity theft, the fastest growing crime in the United States, involves acquiring key pieces of someones identifying information, such as name, address, date of birth and social security number, in order to impersonate them. Identity thief is used to commit numerous forms of fraud.

Detective Greg McMullin will be the featured speaker for the event, and District 5 Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske and Long Beach Police Department staff will be on hand as well.

The event is open to the public and begins at 6 p.m. at Grounds Bakery Café, 6277 E. Spring St. Call the East Division at 562-570-5880 for more information.

“Cup with the Commander” takes place the third Wednesday of every month at various locations throughout Long Beach. Past events have addressed topics such as graffiti, the senior police partners, and crime statistics. In addition to discussing crime issues in the East Division, the LBPD answers questions from the community at the event.

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