Hoodlums to Hackers: How Criminals Get Our Info and How We Can Stop Them

1 Credits: Personnel/Human Resources


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Hoodlums to Hackers: How Criminals Get Our Info and How We Can Stop Them

Course Level
CPE Credits

1 Credits: Personnel/Human Resources

Course Description

In an era where identity theft is a rampant and ever-evolving crime in the United States, individuals and businesses are constantly at risk. This course confronts the critical issue of identity protection, agitating the ease with which criminals can access personal information and the devastating consequences of such breaches. Offering practical and solution-oriented strategies, the course provides a comprehensive guide on how identity theft occurs and the steps one can take to prevent becoming a victim. Participants will learn about various scams and fraud techniques used by criminals, and how to employ simple yet effective measures to safeguard their personal information. The course is enriched with real-life examples, resources, tips, and recommendations, equipping participants with the knowledge and tools to protect themselves and others in their professional and personal circles from the perils of identity theft.

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Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify specific ways criminals obtain personal information from individuals
  • Cite how to utilize various practices to prevent fraud and personal information from being compromised
  • Identify how to check, monitor, and freeze a personal credit file
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Course Specifics

Course ID
Revision Date
August 22, 2022


Advanced Preparation


Compliance Information

NASBA Provider Number: 103220

CFP Notice: Not all courses that qualify for CFP® credit are registered by Western CPE. If a course does not have a CFP registration number in the compliance section, the continuing education will need to be individually reported with the CFP Board. For more information on the reporting process, required documentation, processing fee, etc., contact the CFP Board. CFP Professionals must take each course in it’s entirety, the CFP Board DOES NOT accept partial credits for courses.

Meet The Experts

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Jeff Lanza was an FBI special agent for over 20 years. He investigated corruption, fraud, organized crime, cybercrime, human trafficking, and terrorism. Jeff has lectured at Princeton University and as a “distinguished lecturer” at Missouri State University. He appears regularly on Fox News and CNBC, and he appeared on such national programs as TODAY, Good Morning America, Dateline, and NPR’s Marketplace. Jeff is passionate about keeping people and organizations safe from risk and has presented to thousands around the globe. His latest book, Pistols to Press, has received critical acclaim from national media figures. In addition, Jeff has authored speeches for FBI executives and has …