Financial identity fraud is a rapidly growing problem in the United States, which damages not only businesses and financial institutions, but also seriously victimizes law-abiding citizens, by the appropriation of their credit and good names.

At a conference to be held on Wednesday, October 11, 2000, the “Stop-I.T. Network,” a coalition of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, the business community, and civic organizations, will be announced. Its objective is to significantly curb the disastrous consequences of identity fraud by working together to create a greater awareness of the problem and a more effective law enforcement effort.

Representatives of the network will be available to answer your questions and advise you of their role in this project.

Agencies and businesses represented include:

Atlanta Police Department, Cox Enterprises, United States Postal Inspection Service, Federal Trade Commission, Georgia State University, Georgia-Pacific, Federal Bureau of Investigation, United States Secret Service, Delta Air Lines, the Cobb County District Attorney’s Office, the Office of Secretary of State, the Governor’s Office of Consumer Affairs, and the Office of the Attorney General.

At the conclusion of this forum, a number of victims of identity theft will be available to give first-hand accounts about how this fast growing consumer fraud has affected their lives.

The conference will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Madrid-Trinidad Room of the Marriott Marquis.