By Mandi Enger
The Nevada State College (NSC) Department of Financial Aid welcomed the Henderson Police Department Financial Crimes Unit to campus on Thursday, Feb. 21 to discuss Identity Theft and Internet Fraud with a group of students, faculty, and staff. The event was held in the Marydean Martin Library as the fourth segment of NSC’s Financial Literacy Series.
It was an honor to have Detective Chris White and Detective Brent Wagner visit the NSC campus, said Anthony Morrone, associate director of financial aid and student employment. The topic of identity fraud is important as many individuals have been victim to these crimes or are likely to become victims in their lifetimes.
Topics covered by the officers included an overview of identity theft related crimes, preventative actions for all individuals, and recommended steps for those affect by this type of theft.
As a victim of identity theft, I attended this presentation to learn how to prevent it from happening to me again, said Tony Dare, an NSC visual media student. The warnings provided by the officers, such as signs of skimming machines on ATMs, were the most helpful to me.
The Financial Literacy Series was introduced to the NSC campus in November 2012. The casual, discussion-based presentations are open to current students, alumni, faculty, staff, and parents. Topics such as budgeting and understanding credit, have been selected based on student needs recognized the Department of Financial Aid. Presentations have featured both guest speakers and online webinars.
Our team developed the Financial Literacy Series as many of our students may not have experience in managing finances, budgeting for higher education, or repaying loans post-graduation, added Morrone. Additional topics such as identity theft have been added to the series due to special requests made by students.
Two upcoming presentations will complete the series for the spring semester. Scholarships and Grants will be held on March 26 at 10 a.m. in the Basic and Water II (BWII) building, room 203 and on March 28 at 2 p.m. in the Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) building, room 127. Loan Repayment Options will take place on April 18 at 9 a.m. in BWII, room 105 and again at 2 p.m. in LAS 127.
The series is anticipated to resume during the fall 2013 semester.
For additional information on the series, please call 702-992-2150 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have been a victim of fraud or would like to learn more about fraud protection, please visit fightfraud.nv.gov.
By Mandi Enger