ICFE Introduces the First Nationwide Certified Identity
Theft Risk Management Specialist Training and Certification Program
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ICFE Introduces the First Nationwide Certified Identity
Theft Risk Management Specialist Training and Certification Program

San Diego, CA -  America's fastest growing crimes, credit and identity theft, have claimed over 44 million known victims - and still counting. There are dozens of organizations offering so-called Identity Theft 'services' and claiming to be 'fraud specialists', most all of which are merely reactive. Until now, there has been no standard.

Proactively guarding against this insidious and potentially devastating crime has become of the utmost importance among consumers and small business owners who handle private information. Equipping and training professionals as qualified identity theft risk managers has also become paramount as statistics show that the constant reactive focus and response to the crime is ineffective. The number of new identity theft victims only continues to grow at staggeringly high rates, law enforcement is overwhelmed, and there is a clearly defined critical need for trained professionals who can work with and educate consumers and small business owners how to proactively safeguard their own identity and credit, going far beyond those simplistic and general 'prevention tips' so commonly used by countless organizations that merely scratch the surface and provide a false sense of security.

A new curriculum program for training and certifying Identity Theft Risk Management Specialists has been introduced by the Institute of Consumer Financial Education (ICFE), an award winning, San Diego based, non-profit organization, which already has close to one thousand ICFE Certified Credit Report Reviewers (CCRRs) and Certified Personal Finance Instructors for 'The Money Instruction Book'.

Among the first nationwide organizations to enroll counselor managers is Springboard Non-profit Consumer Credit Management, based in Riverside, CA. "Credit and identity theft is the new bane to all consumers", said Dianne Wilkman, president and CEO of Springboard. "Professionally trained and skilled counselors from accredited nonprofit agencies like Springboard, doing risk assessment and risk management and working with victims on resolution, are rare," she added. Springboard is now a place where victims can find help, and where those who don't want to become victims can learn how to raise their defenses and guard against this repulsive crime," she added.

The ICFE is enlisting CPAs, financial planners, notaries, credit and debt educators, counselors, paralegals and attorneys, and credit union representatives to become trained and certified to assess clients' risks of becoming a victim of credit and identity theft and work with them to manage and minimize that risk. Or, conduct a risk assessment for the small business owner who handles their customers' confidential and credit information and make improvements and recommendations on its handling, storage, disposition, and destruction.

ICFE Certified Identity Theft Risk Management Specialists become the first line of defense for the people they serve when it comes to spotting and thwarting suspicious activity, guarding against credit and identity theft, dramatically increasing their security awareness and significantly minimizing their risk across all fronts.

Small business owners also face many new responsibilities and liabilities under the expanded credit reporting laws, including FACTA, and most are unaware of these new legal requirements. ICFE Certified Identity Risk Management Specialists can help them achieve compliance and guard and protect the confidential information they possess about their customers and employees, while also assisting them in reducing their potential risk of data breaches and the resultant penalties, including potential fines, negative publicity, loss of consumer confidence, and possible lawsuits.

Many national professional organizations have already realized the importance of training and continuing education of their membership about identity theft and its risk management and are reviewing the program for their respective members' continuing education (CE) requirements, certification credits, professional development, continuing legal education (CLE), mandatory CLE (MCLE), and continuing professional education (CPE) for accountants.

The ICFE has been accepted as a continuing education (CE) provider with its Certified Credit Report Reviewer and Certified Personal Finance Instructor programs. These organizations include, but are not limited to; the International Association of Registered Financial Consultants (iarfc.org), the Association for Counseling and Planning Education (afcpe.org) the Certified Financial Planner's Board of Standards and Practices (cfpboard.org) the National Association of Certified Credit Counselors (naccc.us) and the National Institute for Financial Counseling Education (nifce.org), among other organizations.
To learn more about the ICFE Certification Programs, please visit www.financial-education-icfe.org.

About the ICFE:

The Institute of Consumer Financial Education (ICFE) was founded in 1982 by the late Loren Dunton (creator of the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation and founder of the College for Financial Planning in Denver, CO.) The ICFE is dedicated to helping consumers of all ages to improve their spending practices, increase savings and use credit more wisely.

The ICFE is an award winning, nonprofit, consumer education organization that has helped millions of people through its financial continuing education courses programs and resources. In addition to eight Certification courses covering identity theft, credit files, credit repair and credit scoring, among others, it also publishes the Do-It-Yourself Credit File correction Guide, which is updated annually. The ICFE has distributed over one million Credit/Debit Card Warning Labels and Credit/Debit Card Sleeves world wide.

The ICFE is a partner with the national Jump$tart Coalition for Financial Literacy and the California Jump$tart chapter. The ICFE staff is also active with San Diego Saves and Military Saves, both offshoots of America Saves.

The ICFE is also an on-line help for consumers who spend too much. ICFE's spending help was featured in PARADE Magazine in the Intelligence Report section. The money helps and tips are from the ICFE's Money Instruction Book, our course in personal finance.

The ICFE helps consumers and students with mending spending, learning about the proper use of credit, budget and expense guidelines, how to set up and implement a spending-plan and also how to access financial education courses and how to teach children about money. Other ICFE services include: Ask Mr. G library, a free eNews service, and an online resource center for students, parents and educators, plus financial education learning tools in the ICFE Book Store.

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