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8 August Program: News You Can Use






Identity Theft



email, bank,
. . .
you name it!


Our August program will focus on the critical issue of protecting yourself from cybercrime. Our Treasurer, Bill George, recently attended a presentation by the FBI on this vital topic and was so impressed, he invited them to repeat the program for us. He calls it a classic example of “news you can use.” Here’s how Bill describes it: We have never had more information at our fingertips than we have today. A few clicks of the mouse and we can find and order almost any product or service from anywhere on earth. With the rise of AI, communications options will increase even more. But along with this information explosion comes increasing exposure to a global army of scammers who are scheming to get your personal information and empty your bank account.

The FBI’s Gina Swankie will give us an overview of the challenges law enforcement faces in fighting cybercrime, and also provide information on how individuals can take steps to protect their identity and financial information from the sophisticated criminals who are plotting to obtain it. The thieves are especially adept at targeting seniors. What would you do if you got a phone call from your “grandchild” who says they are in a foreign country and you need to send money to them right away to help get them out of trouble?

Gina Swankie joined the FBI Sacramento Field Office in September 2011, coordinating media relations, social media communication, strategic investigative campaign development, and other public affairs activity. During this time, Gina has navigated missing child cases, several high-profile adult kidnapping matters, and has consulted with law enforcement leadership regarding strategic case communication.


Prior to joining the FBI, Gina was the primary media contact for the Sacramento County Airport System Marketing and Public Relations team from 2002-2011. She is a graduate of California State University and the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Sacramento program.

Schedule permitting, Gina will be joined by FBI Supervisory Special Agent Jamil (Jimmy) Hassani, who leads the squad responsible for Cyber-Enabled Complex Financial and Healthcare Fraud investigations in the Sacramento Field Office.

Hassani joined the FBI in 2004, and in 2011 was promoted to Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) at FBI Headquarters and served as the FBI Cyber Division’s liaison to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), where he program-managed Cyber National Security threats.

In 2017, Hassani accepted an assignment in Amman, Jordan as the FBI’s Assistant Legal Attaché fostering relationships with Jordan’s Federal Law Enforcement entities. He returned to the Sacramento Field Office in 2020, leading a team focused against the cyber-enabled fraud that spiked during the pandemic.

--Copy by Joyce Krieg  
last edited 27 July 2023