There are a number of crimes that fall under the umbrella of so-called "white collar crimes." For the most part, white collar crimes include things like embezzlement, tax evasion and other illegal activities that are often accomplished through deceit, and many times fraud. Fraud is another broad criminal category, but it generally occurs through the deceit of someone for financial gain. Identity theft is just one example of fraud and the St. Cloud Police Department is hosting an educational session to address identity theft in the community.
The police department is offering a number of these education sessions to teach Minnesota residents about the various ways local businesses, residents and the general public can prevent crimes. The "Identify Theft Awareness and Prevention Measures" session is part of the series and it specifically addresses the issue of preventing identity theft. Law enforcement officials hope to teach the public about how they can reduce their own chances of becoming a victim of identity theft.