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Identity Theft Awareness Week 2023, Jan. 30 - Feb. 3

Has someone used your personal information to open accounts, steal your tax refund, or file fake health insurance claims? That’s identity theft. It can happen to anyone, but simple steps can help lessen the chance it will happen to you.

Join us for Identity Theft Awareness Week 2023. The FTC and its partners will host free podcasts, webinars, Facebook Live interviews, and other events focused on avoiding and recovering from identity theft and spotting scams. We’ll have information for everyone and added advice for servicemembers, older adults, young adults, and business owners.  

Check out the calendar below. We hope you’ll join us!

Early-Bird Event

Wednesday, January 25
2 PM ET

Facebook Live: Veterans and Identity Theft — Protecting Against Fraud
Speakers from AARP and the FTC discuss identity theft prevention and recovery for veterans, scams that target personal information, and best practices for keeping your information safe. Join us live at 2 PM ET or on demand at AARP Fraud Watch Network


Identity Theft Awareness Week Events

Monday, January 30
11 AM ET

Webinar: Identity Theft Affects Every Community
No one is immune from identity theft. Speakers from the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) and the FTC explore the personal impact of identity theft, how to reduce your risk, and steps for responding when identity thieves strike. Available on demand beginning at 11 AM ET on the ITRC webpage.

11 AM ET Podcast: Identity Theft and Scams Affect College Students
College students and speakers from the ITRC and the FTC discuss identity theft and scams directed at stealing students’ personal information and money in a series of five podcasts. In this podcast, we’ll cover identity theft basics. On The Fraudian Slip, available on demand beginning at 11 AM ET on the ITRC webpage.
2 PM ET Facebook Live (in Spanish): Consejos para ayudarte a proteger a tu familia del robo de identidad
Únase a AARP y la FTC para aprender consejos sobre cómo protegerse usted y su familia del robo de identidad y lo que debe hacer si detecta signos de robo de identidad. Vaya a AARP Texas en español
2:30 PM ET Live Webinar: Protecting Personal Information in E-Commerce
The Director of the FTC’s Southwest Region discusses data security basics for small businesses. Learn about identifying cyber risks, guarding against phishing attempts and ransomware, developing a data breach response plan, and more. Ask questions too. Hosted by the Small Business Administration. Register now.
Tuesday, January 31
10 AM ET Webinar: Identity Protection and Your Business
Most businesses have sensitive customer and employee information in their files. If it falls into the wrong hands, it can lead to fraud, identity theft, or similar harms. Speakers from the BBB Institute for Marketplace Trust, the Small Business Administration, and the FTC discuss protecting personal information, data breach response, and free data security resources for small businesses. Link coming soon.
11 AM ET Facebook Live (in Spanish): Cómo detectar, prevenir, y reportar el robo de identidad
Hispanic Federation y la FTC ofrecerán consejos prácticos para ayudarlo a proteger sus datos personales y minimizar los riesgos del ser impactado por el robo de identidad. Vaya a la página de Hispanic Federation para seguir la conversación.
11 AM ET Podcast: Identity Theft and Scams Affect College Students
College students and speakers from the ITRC and the FTC discuss identity theft and scams directed at stealing students’ personal information and money in a series of five podcasts. In this podcast, we’ll cover impersonator scams. On The Fraudian Slip, available on demand beginning at 11 AM ET on the ITRC webpage.
2 PM ET Live Webinar: Identity Theft & Older Adults
Speakers from AARP and the FTC discuss fighting back against scams and identity theft. We’ll cover impersonator scams, sweepstakes scams, employment scams and more. Register now.
Wednesday, February 1
11 AM ET Podcast: Identity Theft Affects People Who Are Blind and Print Disabled
Speakers from the Maryland Library for the Blind and Print Disabled and the FTC discuss identity theft trends, reducing your risk, and recovering if identity theft happens to you. Available on demand beginning at 11 AM ET on the Maryland State Library Agency webpage.
11 AM ET

Podcast: Identity Theft and Scams Affect College Students
College students and speakers from the ITRC and the FTC discuss identity theft and scams directed at stealing students’ personal information and money in a series of five podcasts. In this podcast, we’ll cover job scams. On The Fraudian Slip, available on demand beginning at 11 AM ET on the ITRC webpage.

12 PM ET

Video (in Spanish): Juntos Contra el Robo de Identidad
Únete a la iniciativa de Expediente Rojo, Juntos Contra el Crimen, y a la FTC para ayudar a regar la voz sobre cómo proteger datos personales para que no caigan en manos criminales y qué hacer si le han robado la identidad. Vaya a la pagina de Expediente Rojo en FB: @expedienterojo.org o en IG: @expedienterojoproject

1 PM ET Panel Discussion: Identity Theft Prevention —  Protecting the Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act Benefits from Identity Theft Scammers
As part of the VA Privacy Service’s Privacy in Action Speaker Series, speakers from the Department of Veterans Affairs and the FTC discuss how to protect your privacy online, including when using social media, browsing, shopping, and handling personal finances. We’ll discuss signs of risky websites and offers, spotting suspicious account activity, reporting and recovering from identity theft, and protecting VA benefits, like those provided by the PACT Act. Everyone is welcome, with information for VA staff and contractors, veterans, and active duty service members too. Join us using this link. Non-VA employees, please click “Continue as Guest.”
1 PM ET Podcast (in Spanish): Consejos para ayudarte a proteger a tu familia del robo de identidad
En un podcast corto, AARP y la FTC le ofrecerán consejos prácticos para protegerse contra el robo de identidad y lo que debe hacer si le sucede a usted o su familia. Para escuchar el podcast, vaya a ¿Sabes Qué? con AARP Podcast.
Thursday, February 2
11 AM ET Podcast: Identity Theft and Scams Affect College Students
College students and speakers from the ITRC and the FTC discuss identity theft and scams directed at stealing students’ personal information and money in a series of five podcasts. In this podcast, we’ll cover financial aid and student loan scams. On The Fraudian Slip, available on demand beginning at 11 AM ET on the ITRC webpage.
2:30 PM ET YouTube Video: What to Know About Tax Identity Theft
Speakers from Consumer Action and the FTC discuss IRS impersonator scams, tax identity theft, and avoiding, recovering from, and reporting fraud. Available on the Consumer Action YouTube page.
3 PM ET Live Webinar: Scams, Tax Related Identity Theft, and Identity Protection PINs
Speakers from the IRS and the FTC discuss tax identity theft, including the latest scams aimed at stealing tax refunds and personal and financial information. Learn to spot and avoid the scams and recover if identity theft occurs. Ask questions too. Register now.
3:30 PM ET YouTube Video (in Spanish): Lo que debes saber sobre el robo de identidad relacionado a los impuestos
Consumer Action y la FTC discutirán las estafas de impostores del IRS, el robo de identidad relacionado a impuestos y cómo evitar, recuperarse y denunciar el robo de identidad. Disponible en la página de YouTube de Consumer Action.
Friday, February 3
11 AM ET

Podcast: Identity Theft and Scams Affect College Students
College students and speakers from the ITRC and the FTC discuss identity theft and scams directed at stealing students’ personal information and money in a series of five podcasts. In this podcast, we’ll cover social media scams. On The Fraudian Slip, available on demand beginning at 11 AM ET on the ITRC webpage.

Spread the Word

Please tell people who follow you on social media about Identity Theft Awareness Week. Share these messages and graphics. See the messages and graphics in Spanish at ftc.gov/semanarobodeidentidad.

Message #1:
Identity Theft Awareness Week starts January 30! Visit ftc.gov/IDTheftWeek for details on free events and resources. #IDTheftWeek #IDTheft

Message #2:
Find out what to do if your identity is stolen. #IDTheftWeek starts January 30. Visit ftc.gov/IDTheftWeek to learn about free events and resources. #IDTheft
 

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