Identity Theft Council

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Welcome to Operation Clean Sweep

Law enforcement sweeps have always been a popular and highly effective way to catch the bad guys and raise community awareness about crime prevention - whether it’s a sweep for drunken drivers, parolees at large, or outstanding warrants. Operation Clean Sweep is a new and creative twist on that concept, and a first-of-a-kind sweep for victims, letting them know there are resources in the bay area to help them, putting them in touch with trained counselors, and helping spread the education and prevention message.

Starting in September 2011 and led by the San Francisco Police Department, more than seventy five law enforcement agencies across the greater San Francisco bay area, as well as District Attorney’s offices and Neighborhood Watch groups, will be participating in a wide variety of Clean Sweep programs. Programs will include distributing more than 100,000 victim assistance cards and fliers, organizing community and school education workshops, launching elder financial protection groups, and training local law enforcement in victim assistance and response.

(Click here to view photos of recent events).


The San Francisco bay area is leading the fight against identity theft and related crimes by creating a blueprint for a community’s response to identity theft that will become the model for communities across the country.

“The Identity Theft Council takes an innovative approach to tackling the problem of identity theft. With its unique peer-to-peer education program that collaborates with schools, seniors and local organizations, this program can help protect Californians in many communities across the state.”
Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco)

If you'd like to learn more about Operation Clean Sweep, or get involved, please call Neal O'Farrell, Executive Director of the Identity Theft Council, at (925) 914 0248. Or email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Our Secret Weapon!

We also opened a new front in the war on identity theft. We have partnered with San Francisco schools in a unique program to use students to Reach and Teach. Thousands of students are expected to take part in an ongoing program to learn about protecting personal information, and how to protect others, and all for good reason:

1. In addition to learning how to protect themselves, students will also learn about personal finance, new technologies, and community responsibility, not to mention gaining exposure to new career options and opportunities.

2. Students will mentor other students and help shape behavior and habits at an early age.

3. Students will help us to reach out to family and friends, talk to them about the risks, and help us to reach the largest possible audience.


 Learn more about us.

If you believe you have been a victim of identity theft, and want personal advice and support on how to get through it, local experts are standing by:

Call us at 1(888) 771 0767(Se habla Espanol)


Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The service is free and our expert counselors are standing by to help.


educationIdentity Theft Education Center
Our experts have gathered together the best resources and articles to help you learn about identity theft and cybercrimes, avoid falling victim, and what to do if you are a victim. Click here to learn more.

documentsLooking for documents? Our Forms and Documents section will take you to our online library where you'll find a copy of an identity theft affidavit as well as form letters to place credit freezes and and alerts, respond to creditors and debt collectors etc.

partnerssmallMeet some of our Volunteer counselors. Our volunteer counselors are our biggest asset, and we're proud of our small army of passionate, committed, and expert counselors available to us across the bay area and around the country. Meet some of them.


“OTA recognizes the importance of user education and awareness in conjunction with businesses providing teachable moments in preventing identity theft. We are proud to be collaborating with the Identity Theft Council’s efforts to support victims and improve awareness.”
Craig Spiezle, Executive Director and Founder of the Online Trust Alliance

“We see the struggles of identity theft victims first hand on a daily basis. We know how hard it is for victims to find the reassurance and support they need to get through the tough times and that is why we are happy to see the work the Identity Theft Council has been doing in the San Francisco community. We are thrilled to not only be a supporter of the council but also to be a resource for the organization and the victims they are helping.”
Anne Wallace, President, ITAC, Identity Theft Assistance Center











From left to right - Steve Schwartz, Intersections Inc.; Neal O'Farrell, founder of the Identity Theft Council; Denise Gregor, Abraham Lincoln High School; Karen Lodrick, victim and advocate; Mark Jackson, Alameda County District Attorney's Office; Inspector Anne Madrid, Hayward Police Department; Craig Spiezle, the Online Trust Alliance (OTA); Joyce Carcaise, Intersections Inc; Paul Henderson, Chief Prosecutor, San Francisco District Attorney's Office; Lt. Jones Wong, San Francisco Police Department; Jenefer Duane, founder, the Elder Financial Protection Network.

Are you a victim?

If you're a victim of identity theft, you can get help now, at no cost, by calling the ITRC Victim Support Hotline at 1-888-400-5530 to speak to a live counselor.

About The Council

The Identity Theft Council is a great example of how a community can come together, to work together, to help each other. Learn more about how we got started.

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Foster Warriors is a nationwide effort by the Council to help foster youth pursue studies and careers in cybersecurity. Learn More

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