Tuesday, September 3, 2013

MISHAWAKA, IN – Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) and Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller’s office last week hosted 10 fraud prevention workshops in each county of the Second District to update Hoosiers on the latest scams and ways to protect their personal information from identity theft. The event was held as part of a district-wide tour to meet with senior groups and constituents.

“It is a privilege to partner with the Attorney General’s office to raise awareness for senior citizens and families about fraud protection,” said Congresswoman Walorski. “These important workshops highlight different scams that commonly target citizens to prevent identity theft before it happens and keep our private information safe.”

While serving in the State Legislature, Walorski authored bipartisan legislation to require companies to encrypt consumers’ personal data and notify individuals of any security breaches (HB 1101), preventing identity theft on the state level. Moving forward, Walorski plans to support future reforms in Congress to keep up with evolving technology and ensure consumers are fairly protected from fraud.

“We need to warn citizens about the techniques fraudsters are using. The more information we can share will help empower individuals not to send money to strangers and will help protect them from falling victim to scams,” said Michelle Mayer, director of outreach services with the Attorney General’s Office.

The workshops were cosponsored by Congresswoman Jackie Walorski with a special presentation delivered by Michelle Mayer and Linda Gurgel to share information on the importance of protecting personal and financial information, and how to check your credit report and place a freeze on your credit.

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