Eva Velasquez, President & CEO of the US Identity Theft Resource Center, and Frank Peppard, Chair of Identity Care Australia & New Zealand (iDcare) celebrate signing an MoU.
Eva Velasquez, President & CEO of the US Identity Theft Resource Center, and Frank Peppard, Chair of Identity Care Australia & New Zealand (iDcare) celebrate signing an MoU. Contributed

National ID theft group links with US

A DOWNTOWN Los Angeles diner was the humble setting for the landmark signing of an agreement between identity theft victim support service iDcare and its sister organisation in the United States.

iDcare Australia and New Zealand has entered into an intelligence-sharing arrangement with the US Identity Theft Resource Center.

It includes the sharing of current and emerging identity crime trends, the sharing of innovations in prevention and awareness services, and joint projects within industry and government partners to improve and enhance the effectiveness of victim support.

"It is a landmark agreement and one that will have a direct and lasting effect on both countries to reduce incidents and improve support services," iDcare managing director Dr David Lacey said.

Dr Lacey said the diner meeting between iDcare chairman Frank Peppard and ITRC CEO Eva Velasquez summed up what life was like working for a charity.

"Our chair was in LA on other business so we could save on airfares and continue to devote our precious resources to our main mission - protecting and responding to the impacts of identity theft on the Australian and New Zealand communities," he said.

"We're already working on a joint operation to disrupt an international syndicate selling fraudulent government credentials that span Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Canada and the UK.

"We'd take downtown diners any day to continue to do that work."

The company runs a toll-free national anonymous telephone service that works with victims of fraud or identity theft.


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