Seminar on avoiding identity theft planned next week in Chico – Chico Enterprise

A seminar on how to protect yourself from identity theft is planned 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Chico Women’s Club, 592 E. Third St.

Altum Wealth Advisors is hosting “Identity Theft and How to Protect Yourself.” The seminar is free but reservations are required by calling 924-0110.

Identity theft expert Jos Van Hout will preent the seminar. He was a detective for the Butte County Sheriff’s Office, the lead investigator for the Butte County District Attorney’s Office, and a deputized special agent with the U.S. Marshals Office and the FBI.

According to the Federal Trade Commission, every 2 seconds an American becomes a victim of identity theft. Over 75% of identity theft occurs with credit cards and American consumers report losing over $1.6 billion to fraud overall in 2013.

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