SOURCE: National Notary Association

July 27, 2005 18:46 ET

Colorado's Identity Theft Prevention Symposiums: a Significant Step to Deter and Detect Fraud

The National Notary Association, Secretary of State Donetta Davidson and Local Law Enforcement Team Up to "Equip Notaries With Techniques to Help in the Fight Against Identity Theft." - Donetta Davidson, Colorado Secretary of State

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 27, 2005 -- The National Notary Association's (NNA) commitment to fighting fraud continues with a three-city sweep of Colorado August 2-4 as part of a nationwide campaign to equip Notaries Public with the tools to detect and deter identity fraud crimes.

Colorado ranks fifth in identity theft victims per 100,000 population, according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Colorado state officials and law enforcement personnel are anxious to curtail this epidemic crime and so have partnered with the NNA to offer next month's Identity Theft Prevention symposiums in Boulder, Denver and Colorado Springs (August 2, 3 and 4, respectively).

Colorado Secretary of State Donetta Davidson will send Mike Shea, Co-Director of the Division of Licensing and Enforcement who oversees Colorado's 100,500 Notaries Public, to the three symposiums to elaborate on Davidson's efforts to strengthen the Notary office and to educate Notaries on their crucial role in protecting Coloradans against fraud.

"My office is committed to educating Notaries on their important fraud-fighting role and we welcome the opportunity to partner with the NNA to equip Notaries with techniques to help in the fight against identity theft," Davidson said.

Sergeant Robert J. Ryan, who oversees the Financial Crimes Unit of the Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD), will also participate in the symposiums. Sergeant Ryan will describe Colorado's growing identity fraud crisis and how the CSPD's Financial Crimes Unit is working to combat this insidious crime, as well as the other serious criminal activity associated with ID theft, such as methamphetamine use and violent crime.

Notaries, as the nation's professional identity screeners for hundreds of sensitive transactions, from buying or selling a home, refinancing a mortgage, or granting a power of attorney, have a unique opportunity to detect and deter identity fraud.

At the Identity Theft Prevention symposiums, Notaries will receive hands-on instruction on recognizing false driver's licenses, detecting forged signatures, preventing identity card fraud and handling suspicious document signers.

"Notaries are a recognized component of the comprehensive identity screening network called for by the 9/11 Commission," commented NNA Executive Director Timothy S. Reiniger. "In this critical role, Notaries need to be fully equipped to meet the challenges brought on by identity thieves bent on fraud. That is why the NNA is dedicated to offering these important symposiums throughout the country."

Past NNA symposiums in California, Florida, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania attracted hundreds of Notaries anxious to sharpen their fraud-deterrent skills. The last series of symposiums in the nationwide campaign will be in Arizona, ranked first by the FTC in the number of identity theft victims per 100,000 population.

For more information on the NNA symposiums or to register online, please visit NationalNotary.org/training and select Colorado from the drop down menu.

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