updated 5/25/2011 8:45:44 AM ET 2011-05-25T12:45:44

TEMPE, Ariz., May 25, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Identity theft has topped the list of consumer complaints to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for the 11th consecutive year, according to the agency's annual Consumer Sentinel Network report. In an effort to help combat the crime on the front lines, Sheriff Van Duncan and Buncombe County Sheriff's Office will host a free identity theft training for law enforcement officials on Thursday, June 2.

The award-winning identity theft summit, presented by the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association ( FBI-LEEDA ) and LifeLock, Inc. will provide law enforcement officials with the most current information on identity theft trends, demonstrate the technologies criminals are using to perpetrate the crime as well as techniques and investigative methods to best 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.

"It's become very evident that LifeLock and FBI-LEEDA have created one of the more unique partnerships that have ever aided law enforcement," said past FBI-LEEDA President Chief Don Dixon of the Lake Charles Police Department. "In a time when there is an overwhelming need for low-cost training for law enforcement, LifeLock providing these free seminars is going above and beyond in my book. My department spends a great deal of time on identity theft and I know the information provided in this unique day-long training session will be put to good use."

According to the Federal Trade Commission's 2010 Consumer Sentinel Report, identity theft tops the list of consumer complaints for the 11th consecutive year. The report shows that the top identity theft complaint filed with the FTC from residents of North Carolina continues to be Phone or Utilities Fraud. This type of complaint can include but not be limited to new utility accounts, wireless phone accounts or traditional phone accounts.

Details for the Identity Theft Summit in Skyland, NC:

  • The Skyland summit will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 2 at the Skyland Fire Department, 9 Miller Road, Skyland, NC 28776.

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
         Manager, Educational Programs
         480-457-2032
         Cortney.Lanik@lifelock.com

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