Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell today announced the dates and locations of the first in a series of planned statewide forums to provide citizens with information and strategies for combating identity fraud and protecting themselves and their financial information.

These forums are one part of Rell's aggressive efforts to assist Connecticut taxpayers whose information was contained on a stolen Department of Revenue Services' (DRS) laptop. Representatives from the Department of Consumer Protection (DCP), Department of Revenue Services, Department of Banking (DOB) and the Connecticut State Police attending the forums will provide participants with strategies on how to monitor their financial accounts, acquire and review their credit reports, correct erroneous information and respect to any suspicious activity.

"There are no indications that the data from the DRS laptop has been accessed. However, we are offering these seminars to be proactive and give Connecticut taxpayers, particularly those affected by the theft of the laptop, the kind of tools they would need to protect themselves against identity theft," Rell said. "As I have repeatedly stated since learning of this incident: I am making these taxpayers a top priority. These forums are just some examples of our aggressive outreach and our unwavering commitment to helping the affected taxpayers."

DRS is making free credit protection services available to affected taxpayers through Debix, and has provided instructions for obtaining this protection to those taxpayers whose information was contained on the stolen laptop. Further information for taxpayers affected by the theft of the laptop is available at the DRS Web site.