PORTLAND, Ore., Nov 29, 2002 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The Portland Police Bureau and
U.S. Bank have partnered to create a colorful and informative Identity Theft
brochure that arms Portland residents with information to protect themselves
from identity theft and outlines a specific course of action in case identity
theft occurs. The brochure was fully funded by U.S. Bank as contribution to the
The two organizations are introducing the brochure at a time when identity theft
awareness is high. On Monday, New York authorities uncovered what is believed to
be the largest identity theft ring in the nation. Recent polls indicate that
concern for personal and information security is at a peak, and Friday marks the
start of the holiday shopping season, which is a time of year that traditionally
marks an increase in identity theft occurrences.
The Identity Theft brochure is a full-color, tri-fold, glossy print card that is
full of helpful information about the crime of identity theft. It is brief, easy
to read and remember, and provides a comprehensive list of local and regional
resources, complete with full contact information. Brochures are available at
all Portland Police Bureau precincts, the Office of Neighborhood Involvement and
its regional crime prevention offices and all U.S. Bank branches in the Portland
"We're proud of the public and private sector collaboration that brought this
brochure together for us to present to the public," said Chief Mark Kroeker,
Portland Police Bureau. "Crimes of this nature are unsettling and disturbing to
the individual citizen, and the damage caused can take months and sometimes
years to correct. We recognize the helpless feeling one has about what to do
next when they discover that someone has fraudulently used their good name, and
this brochure can actually be used as a check-list of next-best-steps to take."
"Identity theft is the fastest growing type of fraud today," said Tina Foster,
region manager for U.S. Bank in Portland. "It can happen to anyone in hundreds
of different ways. Taking swift and immediate action is one of the keys to
preventing extensive damage, which is why the information in this brochure is so
valuable. We are tremendously proud of the product of this partnership, and will
continue to work hard to protect our customers' financial information."
U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB), with assets in excess of $174 billion, is the 8th
largest financial services holding company in the United States. The company
operates 2,133 banking offices and 4,680 ATMs, and provides a comprehensive line
of banking, brokerage, insurance, investment, mortgage, trust and payment
services products to consumers, businesses and institutions. U.S. Bancorp is
home of the Five Star Service Guarantee which assures customers of certain key
banking benefits and services or customers will be paid for their inconvenience.
U.S. Bancorp is the parent company of U.S. Bank. Visit U.S. Bancorp on the web
CONTACT: U.S. Bank
Teri Charest, 612/303-0732, 612/518-9086 cell
Portland Police Bureau
Sgt. Brian Schmautz, 503/823-0010
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