The FTC reports identity theft topped the list of consumer complaints in 2013, and members of Vermont law enforcement are getting educated on how to catch and prevent fraud.
The FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association or LEEDA and LifeLock, an identity theft protection company, held a summit in South Burlington Tuesday for state and local officials. They were presented with real cases, demonstrations of the newest preventative software and information on the latest scams.
"Then you have the other side of the spectrum which is tax fraud, driver's license fraud, medical fraud where people use your information, pretending that they're you, having surgeries in your name and it can become a huge hassle," said Paige Hanson, the education manager at LifeLock.
"From what we're learning our state is not a huge state of identity theft, but because it's a growing issue for us in the United States, it's coming. And there's a lot of that around," Chittenden County Sheriff Kevin McLaughlin said.
Experts say Vermont ranks 45th in identity theft in the nation.