Identity Theft Council

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About the Cal State Identity Theft Council

Cal State East Bay recognizes how serious a problem identity theft has become, and how it can impact its victims in so many different ways. Cal State has always been forward looking, innovative, and community focused, which is why we're proud to be the first university in the nation to create an Identity Theft Council.

You're probably heard about identity theft, but did you know that in 2009 alone there were more victims of identity theft than there were reported burglaries, attempted burglaries, arsons, auto thefts, purse snatchings, and pick pocketings, nationwide, combined?

And no community is immune to this life changing crime. Not even a university.ITC_logo

The goal of the award-winning, all volunteer, non-profit council is to provide greater support to victims of identity theft in Cal State and the surrounding community, by providing students, faculty, and staff with free access to recognized identity theft experts and trained identity theft counselors.

These experts and counselors have volunteered their time to help victims navigate their way through the often complex and long lasting crime of identity theft, and to help achieve the best possible outcome for victims.

The Identity Theft Council was founded in the bay area in 2010 by internationally renowned security expert Neal O'Farrell, an east bay resident, and Hayward Police Inspector Anne Madrid. The Hayward Police Department was the first in the nation to launch an Identity Theft Council, and councils are now being established in cities, communities, and colleges across the country.

Our hope is that not only will this exciting program help residents and businesses in our community, it will serve as a model and example that can be adopted by communities across America, so that by working together, sharing expertise, and supporting our citizens, we can make our communities and nation safe from this crime.

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Cal State East Bay

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Identity Theft Council Web Site

This free resource was created to provide direct help for students, faculty, and staff of Cal State East Bay who believe they are victims of identity theft or who simply want to learn how to avoid becoming a victim. 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(Hablamos 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.

Identity 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.

Looking for documents? The Forms and Documents section includes 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.

Meet our Partners and Supporters
This free service would not be possible without the support of our great network of partners, security experts, and volunteers. Meet some of them.

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.

Introducing Foster Warriors

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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