San Diego, CA - (March 9, 2006) -
In response to more than 41 million cases of credit and
identity theft, the Institute of Consumer Financial
Education (ICFE) has developed the "ICFE Certified
Identity Theft Risk Management Specialist" educational and
certification program. Pioneer Services Representatives
will be taking part in the training so they can assist
military families in protecting themselves from this
"Both of our organizations are committed to enhancing
financial education and supporting fiscal fitness," said
Paul S. Richard, Registered Financial Consultant (RFC) and
executive director of the ICFE. "We applaud the support of
Pioneer Services, and based on their commitment in
enrolling more than 300 of their associates in the ICFE
Certified Credit Report Reviewer program, I am confident
this additional program will assist them in helping
thousands of military families."
The goal of the certification program is to
comprehensively prepare and equip "specialists" with the
knowledge and skills necessary to help consumers minimize
their present risk of credit and identity theft.
"Every Pioneer Services location will have at least one
Certified Identity Theft Risk Management Specialist by the
end of the summer," said Randy McKee, president and senior
Pioneer Services Representative. "After reviewing more
than a million credit bureau reports, Pioneer Services
Representatives can best help military families if we can
improve our knowledge and techniques necessary to reduce
their chances of becoming a victim."
Founded in 1982 as a non-profit, public education
organization based in San Diego, the ICFE is an official
partner with the Department of Defense and its Financial
Readiness Campaign. Working with ICFE to help military
families protect themselves from identity and credit theft
is another way that Pioneer Services works to enhance
their quality-of-life and financial independence. Through
a network of offices and on the Internet, Pioneer Services
Representatives offer financial education programs, loans,
and insurance products, and support military families and
communities through a variety of partnerships, programs,
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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). The ICFE is dedicated to helping consumers of all ages to improve their spending, 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 education programs and Resources. It 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 became an official partner with the Department of Defense/Financial Readiness Campaign in June of 2004.The ICFE was an active partner in the California Student Debt Resource Awareness Project (CASDRAP) which resulted in a new web site: (studentdebthelp.org). CASDRAP disbanded in 2010, shortly after the web site project was completed. In 2011 the ICFE assumed the single sponsorship of the (studentdebthelp.org) web site and is now responsible for its content and operation.
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.
Visit the ICFE's other web sites at: www.financial-education-icfe.org and studentdebthelp.org. Both sites 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, a free eNews, and an online resource center for students, parents and educators, plus financial education learning tools and a book store.