The Polk County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with federal, state, and local agencies, will
help educate the public on how to prevent from becoming victims of ID theft at an Identity
Theft seminar hosted by Congressman Adam Putnam’s office this Thursday, November
The seminar will feature experts with advice on how to protect yourself and what to do if
you think you might be a victim. In addition, a bulk paper shredder will be available free of
charge to dispose of sensitive documents. The shredder will be open to the public starting
at 5:00 p.m.
Experts from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will conduct the seminar, beginning at
6:00 p.m. at the Lake Mirror Complex located at 121 South Lake Avenue in Lakeland.
There will be representatives and information from PCSO, U.S. Postal Inspection Service,
Lakeland Police Department, Social Security Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation,
Internal Revenue Service, Florida Department of Financial Regulation, and the Florida
Attorney General’s Office.
Sheriff Grady Judd says, “Identity theft is on the rise nationwide. The criminals who steal
your identity are very skilled, and they know just what to do to ruin your credit, your reputation,
and your livelihood. It often takes years to recover from being a victim of these types
of crimes - so please, join us this Thursday and get the latest information on how you can
keep these criminals from ruining what you work so hard to preserve.”
Media representatives are encouraged and invited to attend this event. For more information
contact Keith Rupp at 863-534-3530.