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Focusing on Fraud at Hodges University's Identity Fraud Institute

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The Identity Fraud Institute at Hodges University hit the ground running several years ago after a private investigator noticed an uptick in the number of people contacting her to report they’d been targeted. She started working with local law enforcement and efforts toward fraud prevention and educational outreach grew into a partnership with with the University.

The Identity Fraud Institute will begin offering on-line certification in identity theft and data privacy this fall. The institute already offers certificates of completion in ID theft restoration and data breach response.

Carrie Kerskie is the private investigator who now directors the program. She joins Gulf Coast Live to share some surprising facts about how criminals get your personal information. From mail forwarding to social media quizzes, she says an online presence is a good idea, but too much information in the ether could be your bank account’s undoing. 

Matthew Smith is a reporter and producer of WGCU’s Gulf Coast Live.