Utica College Celebrates International Fraud Awareness Week: Waives Application Fees and Releases New Study on Identity Theft

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In celebration of International Fraud Awareness Week, Utica College will waive the usual application fee for its Fraud and Financial Crime programs. The college also released its newest report on identity crime: “The New Face of Identity Theft”.

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By taking a deeper look into the characteristics of each case, we were able to identify and measure the characteristics of identity thieves as well as high-risk circumstances in order to anticipate and combat criminal activity.

In celebration of International Fraud Awareness Week, Utica College will waive the usual application fee for these Fraud and Financial Crime programs from November 15 - 21, 2015, a savings of up to $50:

Utica College’s Center for Identity Management and Information Protection (CIMIP) has just released its report, “The New Face of Identity Theft,” to coincide with Fraud Awareness Week. The study evaluates identity crime trends to provide law enforcers with proactive rather than reactive means of combating identity theft. UC’s CIMIP analyzed federal case data from 2008 to 2013 to deduce empirical evidence that will help law enforcement enhance their identity theft prevention efforts.

“By taking a deeper look into the characteristics of each case, we were able to identify and measure the characteristics of identity thieves as well as high-risk circumstances in order to anticipate and combat criminal activity,” said Donald Rebovich, Ph.D., professor of criminal justice and executive director of the CIMIP.

International Fraud Awareness week is recognized by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the world’s largest anti-fraud organization and premier provider of anti-fraud training and education.

The college also hosted a complimentary webinar on Financial Crime and terrorist financing on Monday, November 16, featuring Dr. Donald Rebovich, Professor Suzanne Lynch and Professor Bernard Hyman. The three Utica College professors are experts on the detection and investigation of fraud, embezzlement, and money laundering activities.

Many are familiar with acts of financial crime like credit card fraud, insurance fraud, bribery and identity theft. But how many understand the connections between forms of economic crime and terrorism? The professors presented a terrorist financing scenario describing how these plots unfold and how those educated in financial crime investigation can become the linchpin to foiling the goals of terrorist groups.

Utica College has established a national reputation for its suite of justice studies programs including economic crime investigation and fraud management, cybersecurity, financial crime and compliance management. Utica College’s Center for Identity Management and Information Protection is a research collaborative dedicated to furthering national research in identity management, information sharing and data protection. For more information on UC programs, visit http://programs.online.utica.edu/ .

About Utica College – Utica College, founded in 1946, is a comprehensive private institution offering bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees. The College, located in upstate central New York, approximately 90 miles west of Albany and 50 miles east of Syracuse, currently enrolls over 4,500 students in 44 undergraduate majors, 30 minors, 21 graduate programs and a number of pre-professional and special programs.

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