updated 5/17/2011 8:16:58 AM ET 2011-05-17T12:16:58

TEMPE, Ariz., May 17, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- As complaints of identity theft continue to rise in North Dakota, the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association ( FBI-LEEDA ) and LifeLock will present a free, one-day identity theft seminar in Fargo, ND on Tuesday, May 24. Hosted by Chief Arland Rassmussen and the West Fargo Police Department, law enforcement officials from across North Dakota are invited to attend the award-winning training.

According to a 2011 Federal Trade Commission (FTC) report, identity theft complaints filed with the agency from residents of North Dakota have increased in 2010 over 2009. The most significant increase in North Dakota can be seen in identity theft cases related to bank fraud. The same report shows that identity theft complaints in Fargo are up nearly 6% over the prior year. For 11 consecutive years, identity theft has topped the FTC's list of consumer complaints.

The identity theft summit will provide law enforcement officials with the latest information on identity theft trends, new techniques and investigative methods to better work cases. As part of an ongoing nationwide series of free, interactive training sessions offered through a partnership between LifeLock and FBI-LEEDA, the summit has increased law enforcement's knowledge base on this crime. Since October 2008, the series has reached more than 4,000 law enforcement officials representing more than 1,300 different agencies.

"Identity theft is trending differently in different parts of the country," said Wayne Ivey, instructor for the FBI-LEEDA and LifeLock identity theft summits. "As we lead these classes around the nation, we are seeing that what is happening in one city may vary significantly in what is happening in a community 30 miles away. It is critical for law enforcement to come together through these seminars to understand how the criminals are committing this crime as well as the best ways to investigate and prosecute."

Details for the Identity Theft Summit in Fargo, ND:

  • The Fargo summit will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24 at the West Fargo Police Department, Public Safety Building, 4630 15th Avenue North, Fargo, ND 58103.

In addition to the law enforcement summits, LifeLock aims to further educate consumers on identity theft and empower them to start protecting themselves from one of the nation's fastest growing crimes by hosting numerous free educational presentations around the country. The award-winning LifeLock Speakers Series provides attendees with a better understanding of the various risks associated with identity theft, current trends of the crime, and the diverse ways identity theft can happen.

About LifeLock

LifeLock, Inc. is an industry leader in identity theft protection. Since 2005, LifeLock has been relentlessly protecting identities by providing consumers with the tools and confidence they need to help protect themselves from identity theft and manage their credit. The company has a strong focus on educating consumers and working with law enforcement and elected officials to better understand the increasing threats of identity theft. A multiple award-winning organization, LifeLock has been recognized by Inc. Magazine as the eighth fastest growing private company (2010), by Arizona Corporate Excellence as Arizona's Fastest Growing Company, and by the American Business Awards as having the Best New Product or Service of the Year for the LifeLock Identity Alert® system.

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CONTACT: Cortney Lanik
         Media Relations Manager
         480-457-2032
         Cortney.Lanik@lifelock.com

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