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October 18, 2011

Secretary of State Condos Continues Fight Against Business Identity Theft

Secretaries of State and senior business leaders from twenty states are meeting in Atlanta, Georgia as part of a collective effort to fight back against a new type of crime: business identity theft. The National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) Business Identity Theft Forum, October 17th & 18th, features expert panels designed to assist the officials who oversee state business records and filings with fraud-related awareness, detection and prevention efforts.

“We are hearing more and more about the importance of and the increase in Business Identity Theft across the country,” Secretary of State Jim Condos said. “As a member of the NASS Identity Theft Task Force, I will be collaborating with some of the best minds and working to identify best practices to fight this growing crime.”

NASS will use this input from the forum to develop a white paper aimed at helping states combat business identity theft. NASS will also work in collaboration with the National Identity Theft Protection Association to launch a new website that will assist victims of business identity theft crimes.

In addition to Secretaries of State, this forum includes consumer advocates and representatives from federal, state and local government, including the U.S Federal Trade Commission, U.S Secret Service/Electronic Crimes Task Force, Georgia Governor’s Office of Consumer Protection and the Georgia Technology Authority.

“We need to identify and implement those strategies to help us decrease, if not eliminate this potential financial disaster for the businesses of our state. I am committed to working hard to let these would-be thieves know that we will not tolerate this crime in our state,” said Secretary Condos.

Condos added, “Recognizing the issue of transparency and accountability, and balancing the need to protect state-held information that can be used as a potential gateway to business identity theft is a critical component of the mission of this task force, and I am eager to lend my expertise to find solutions to this ever-growing problem plaguing the business community.”

Jim Condos is Vermont’s Secretary of State, after serving eight years as a Vermont State Senator, 18 years in local government and 30+ years of private sector business experience.

Source: Secretary of State
Last Updated at: October 18, 2011 10:25:15