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WIU Accounting and Finance Department to Sponsor Panel on Identity Theft

April 18, 2012

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MACOMB, IL - The Federal Trade Commission estimates that as many as 10 million Americans have their identities stolen each year.

In an effort to educate the public about this crime, known as "identity theft," the Western Illinois University accounting and finance department will host a panel presentation at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 24 in Stipes 121.

"People whose identities have been stolen can spend hundreds of dollars and dozens of hours cleaning up the mess thieves have made of their good name and credit record," said Wael Aguir, assistant professor of accounting and the panel moderator. "The potential for damage, loss and stress is considerable."

The panel will include WIU Office of Public Safety Corporal Ted Anderson, who will address the ways in which identity theft is investigated and prosecuted.

Panelist Sheila Henderson of MidAmerica National Bank will discuss the ways in which financial institutions fight identity theft and protect consumers. The panel will also include three victims of identity theft who will recount their experiences surrounding the crime.

The event is open free to the public.

For more information, contact Aguir at (309) 298-2129 or

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