Eva Velasquez is the President and CEO of The Identity Theft Resource Center. Velasquez most recently served as the Vice President of Operations for the San Diego Better Business Bureau, where she managed the Bureau’s operations department that supplies the core services of dispute resolution, arbitration, and pre-purchase information to the public. Prior to that appointment, she spent 21 years at the San Diego District Attorney’s Office, with the last 11 of those years spent investigating and assisting in the prosecution of economic/financial crimes, with a focus on consumer protection issues.
Velasquez has more than 500 hours of specialized training in the investigation of economic crimes and has been a presenter at numerous conferences across the state, including the PACT (Professionals Achieving Consumer Trust) Summit, the California District Attorney’s Association Consumer Protection Conference and the California Consumer Affairs Association annual conference.
In addition, she served as the chairman of the Consumer Fraud Task Force for 13 years, was a past Vice President of the California Consumer Affairs Association, and most recently was a finalist in the 2012 San Diego Business Journal‘s Women Who Mean Business Awards.
In the wake of the data breach at Community Health Systems (CHS) that affected 4.5 million patients, many organizations feel that their customers are suffering from “breach fatigue,” that they think the CHS data breach is just one of many. While it’s true that the CHS breach is just adding to an already long list […]
Everywhere we look today, data is on the move. The downside: When personal information and data are being moved electronically, they’re more vulnerable to identity theft. At the Identity Theft Resource Center, a crucial part of our analysis when we track data breaches is to look for emerging trends. Unfortunately, one trend has become evident: […]
All over the nation, the question is being asked, “Why is the overall crime rate in the US on the decline?” We have the answer: “It’s not.” In 1930, the FBI was given the task of collecting and publishing crime-rate statistics from across the country, and the UCR (Uniform Crime Reporting) Program was born. This […]
The Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) has growing concerns regarding the potential for new scams concerning the implementation of the Health Insurance Exchange (HIE) websites as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare). These exchanges are currently online with enrollment due to start on October 1st. According to the […]
Medical identity theft (MIDT) is a crime that has profound consequences for patients, insurance providers, and health care providers. The definition of medical identity theft is the fraudulent use of an individual’s personally identifiable information (PII), such as name, Social Security number, and/or medical insurance identity number to obtain medical goods or services, or to […]