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March 18, 2010 2 comments

Yesterday’s VIA luncheon on the subject of Identity Theft was an eye opener.  Most of us think we’ve heard it all and are savvy on the subject, but the presentation by Lynnette Madsen of BPG, Inc. showed many of us our information is sadly out of date, and that we are open to risks we hadn’t even considered.

Interestingly, more than 52% of Identity Theft happens in the workplace and doesn’t necessarily include monetary losses.   Social Security fraud is rampant.  Social Security numbers are so highly desireable that often, once acquired criminally, they are sold over and over again, allowing illegal aliens to live and work in the United States without danger or penalty.  Ms. Madsen offered us an example:  A young boy’s social security number is “stolen.”  With that number, loans are acquired, items are financed, and he is hugely in debt to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars – all before his fifth birthday.  Wow. 

For business, there are clear mandates and laws that require appropriate protection of customer and employees.   Obsolete office equipment carries a risk.  Inoperable computers are discarded without clearing hard drives and copiers are returned to the leasing company after the lease term is up with data left in memory.  Protecting our customers and ourselves requires unusual diligence. 

Ms. Madsen’s presentation may have opened our eyes, but it is up to us to implement best practices.  Clearly, the subject hit home for many.  We have a lot to learn!

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VIA March Luncheon!

March 2, 2010 2 comments

Tuesday, March 16, 2010 – 11:45am – 1:00pm
Valencia Country Club, 27330 N. Tourney Road in Valencia

Click here to RSVP:
or call 661.294.8088

Identity Theft is the fastest growing crime in America affecting millions of people every year, sometimes for the rest of their lives.

With more than 52% of Identity Theft happening in the workplace, The Federal Trade Commission is looking to business owners to better protect their employees and customers Non-Public Information (NPI), which is the purpose behind new federal laws, as well as individual state laws. It is important for business owners to know what their liabilities are, and what they are required to do to protect their business, their employees, and their customers. In order to understand the “why” behind the laws, business owners need to understand the reality of Identity Theft, how businesses are being affected by the “crime of the century”, and how a business can also become a victim.

VIA is pleased to host Lynette Madsen, President and CEO of BPG Consulting, Inc., on March 16 to provide clear understanding about Identity Theft, and how to effectively protect yourself, your clients, your business and your employees.


Please RSVP NO LATER THAN Thursday, March 11 to the VIA Office (661) 294-8088
or through the VIA Website:

Members: $40.00
Non Members: $50.00

“No shows” or cancellations made less than 24 hours in advance will be billed.
Note: Attendees without reservations will be assessed an additional $10.00 fee for the luncheon.

Special Drawing Prizes for this event courtesy of: Premier America Credit Union, GAMEPLANZ, Proforma Graphix Unlimited, Priority One Credit Union, Signs By Tomorrow, Fast Signs, High Impact Event Resources and La Quinta Inn & Suites