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Gaston County Police to Host Identity Theft Seminar

The Gaston County Police Department is proud to announce that they will be hosting an Identity Theft Seminar on March 14th at the Gaston County Citizens Resource Center in Dallas from 10AM to 2PM.  The center is located at 1303 Dallas Cherryville Hwy, Dallas NC.  Residents of Gaston County and surrounding areas, are invited to attend an education packed, one day seminar that will educate residents on protecting their identity. The seminar is a free event for anyone who would like to attend. 

Identity theft often tops the list of consumer complaints that are reported to the FTC and other enforcement agencies. Identity theft can be perpetrated using such low-tech methods as purse snatching or “dumpster diving,” or high-tech techniques like deceptive “phishing” e-mails or malicious software known as “spyware.” Identity theft is a crime.

Gaston County Police Officer C.E. Owens stated that “Education is Power! We are thrilled and excited to offer this free seminar that will educate residents in identity theft tactics.”  Owens believes that taking steps to prevent crime before it happens, is key to crime prevention. 

The one day seminar will offer sessions on Identity Theft, Cybersecurity, Telephone Scams, and Scams & Fraud.  When asked why the police believed the event was so important, Owens stated, “I’m often invited to speak to groups and organizations on various crime prevention topics.  We believe a one day seminar, would be a great way to provide multiple crime prevention strategies to a larger population of residents, all at one large scale event.” 

Free lunch, along with refreshments throughout the course of the event will be provided to all residents who attend.  Although the event is free of charge, seating is limited.  Those planning to attend are asked to pre-register for the event.

To register or for more information, please contact Officer C.E. Owens with the Gaston County Police Department at 704-862-6286 or cowens@gcps.org.