BROOKINGS – Victims of identity theft are often negatively impacted by fear, anxiety and loss of trust, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center. To help victims of identity theft and those who serve them, SDSU Extension is presenting a webinar March 26 at noon central.

The webinar will provide information on financial, physical and emotional impact of identity theft on victims, victims’ relationships with others and the impact of identity theft on communities.

“Reported cases of identity theft are on the rise, thieves stole an estimated $16.8 billion in 2017 alone,” said Lorna Wounded Head, SDSU Extension family resource management field specialist, quoting a Javelin Strategy and Research statistic. “This webinar is designed to enhance attendees’ understanding of the complex impacts of identity theft victimization on individuals, families and communities.”

Webinar details

The webinar will be led by Axton Betz-Hamilton, assistant professor of consumer affairs in the Department of Consumer Sciences at South Dakota State University.

Betz-Hamilton will present information that will inform professionals to better meet the needs of their clients based on research focused on financial abuse within families, including familial identity theft and elder family financial exploitation.

To register for the event, visit and search by the March 26 event date. The webinar is free and open to the public. Once registered, you will receive a link to join the webinar.

For more information, please contact Lorna Wounded Head, SDSU Extension family resource management field specialist, phone 605-782-3290 or email

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