November 7, 2017

Industry Expert Rae Russell Cautions Students about Identity Theft

By Office of Communications

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On Thursday, Oct 26, San Diego Mesa College held its fourth installment in the Financial Literacy Speaker Series, “Identity Theft”, with Navy veteran and Financial Coach Rae Russell. Russell is a returning speaker from the previous Financial Literacy events and spends her time mentoring families on how to manage their finances.

Russell shared information, crime trends, and advice regarding money and the different points of access with nearly 50 students in attendance. Specific topics included the importance of social security confidentiality, how to be an educated consumer, the pros and cons of advanced technology creating easily accessible information via digital pathways, and ways to protect yourself and your information. One example of a case Russell shared was of a four year old who was already experiencing identity theft and owed $23,000 in credit card debt and had a mortgage filed in their name. The main focus of her presentation was that it really can happen to anyone, and how students need to be proactive about protecting their information.

Howard Eskew, chair of academic affairs committee and assistant professor of business at Mesa College, organizes and moderates these events for the student community.  The program focuses on educating students about personal finances and includes topics such as investment basics, spending and saving, credit and loans, and more. The fifth and last installment of the semester, “Ain’t No Question Hard Enough”, will take place on Thursday, Nov 9 in LRC 435. Experts in the industry will be present and available for questions regarding financial topics in a Q&A panel setting.

The Financial Literacy Speaker Series program is made possible due to support from the California Coast Credit Union and the San Diego Financial Literacy Center. For more information about the Financial Literacy Series, contact Howard Eskew at or (619) 388-5957.

Tags: California Coast Credit Union, San Diego Financial Literacy Center, Identity Theft, Financial Literacy Series