SOURCE: National Notary Association

April 24, 2006 07:00 ET

National Identity Theft Conference Kicks Off National Crime Victims' Rights Week

National Notary Association, Ohio Attorney General Jim Petro Highlight Ohio's "Identity Theft Verification Passport Program" During Conference

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 24, 2006 -- The National Notary Association (NNA), Ohio Attorney General Jim Petro, and leaders in industry and law enforcement will meet today in Columbus, Ohio, for a National Identity Theft Conference entitled "Passport to Identity Theft Solutions."

The conference, hosted by the Attorney General's office and co-sponsored by the NNA, will help launch National Crime Victims' Rights Week April 23-29.

Ohio's "Identity Theft Verification Passport Program," the most aggressive recovery solution for ID theft victims to date, will be the focus of the conference. Launched in December 2004, the Passport Program utilizes the NNA's biometric technology, Enjoa, that allows law enforcement to capture a victim's electronic signature and thumbprint. This biometric data allows the Attorney General's office to positively identity the victim and get them back on the road to restoring their good name and credit more quickly.

"Attorney General Petro has demonstrated outstanding leadership in the fight against ID theft with the launch of the 'Identity Theft Verification Passport Program,'" said NNA Executive Director Tim Reiniger. "The National Notary Association is pleased to partner with the Attorney General to bring this program to Ohio residents."

The Ohio program was launched with funding by the Department of Justice and serves as a model for other states. The NNA is working with law enforcement officials in Texas and Nevada to launch similar Passport programs, and is discussing the program with officials in other states across the nation.

"The Passport Program provides victims of identity theft a method of demonstrating to law enforcement and creditors that their identity has been stolen," Petro said. "It also helps victims begin the process of rehabilitating their credit history and identifying any fraudulent criminal charges.

"No one is immune to identity theft; from the individual to a Fortune 500 corporation, everyone is a target," Petro continued. "This conference brings the experts together that fight identity theft every day to share the tools that have been successful to them in fighting this crime."

Those experts include the nation's 4.5 million Notaries Public, who serve as America's corps of professional identity screeners during particularly sensitive transactions, such as the purchase of a home.

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Contact Information

  • Media Contacts:
    Audrey O'Kelley
    National Notary Association
    (818) 739-4025

    Michelle Gatchell
    Attorney General Petro's office
    (614) 466-3840