Naperville Police Train For Identity Thieves

The department hosted a special training with experts from LifeLock and the FBI’s Law Enforcement Executive Development Association, or LEEDA.

“FBI-LEEDA partners with LifeLock to offer identity theft training for law enforcement, and we offer these trainings all over the country, and our hope is to educate law enforcement on what the current trends are in identity theft,” said Program Director for FBI-LEEDA’s Identity Theft Training, Mark Sullivan.

Those include the use of skimmers, which copy your credit card information without you knowing.

Officers from Naperville and surrounding communities learned how to better detect these devices and what steps to take when identity theft occurs.

But they encourage you to also take action.

“A lot of banking and credit card statements are done online now. Don’t wait till the end of the month to check your statements, regularly check those, that’s how you’re going to identify if you have some transactions on your account that you weren’t aware of. That way you’re going to catch it earlier and that’ll help us get on the case sooner and might help us develop a lead even quicker,” said Jason Arres, Commander with the Naperville Police Department.

Officials also recommend setting up text or email alerts for your credit card purchases, so you can know almost immediately when a fraudulent purchase occurs.

Naperville News 17’s Evan Summers reports.

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