The Force Has Awakened this #StarWarsDay! May the Fourth Be With You as you break out your lightsabers and prepare to do battle against the Dark Side of our cyber world with tips from the Identity Theft Resource Center and National Cyber Security Alliance.

To celebrate this #MayTheFourthBeWithYou, use the messages below on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn to join the cyber force on May 4th, 2019. Don’t forget to use the #MayTheFourthBeWithYou hashtag!

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Tweet: It’s #StarWars Day and the cyber force has awakened! Use our tips for protecting your identity from the dark side. #MayTheFourthBeWithYou @ITRCSD @StaySafeOnline https://idtheft.center/MayTheFourth

More resources: Identity theft impacts 17 million individuals every year and unfortunately, can impact you at anytime. Learn about the different types of identity theft and how you can protect yourself with help from ITRC.


Tweet: “Do. Or do not. There is no try.” Taking steps to protect your digital identity & privacy every day is a must. #MayTheFourthBeWithYou @ITRCSD @StaySafeOnline https://idtheft.center/MayTheFourth

 

More resources: The National Cyber Security Alliance’s (NCSA’s) CyberSecure My Business™ is a national program helping small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) learn to be safer and more secure online.

 

Tweet: You don’t have to go Solo. Get help from the cyber force with tips from @ITRCSD & @StaySafeOnline #MayTheFourthBeWithYou https://idtheft.center/MayTheFourth

More resources: Learn how to protect yourself, your family and devices with these Online Safety Basics

 

Tweet: A new hope for your digital identity is here. We have a plan to help you recover from identity theft. @ITRCSD & @StaySafeOnline #MayTheFourthBeWithYou https://idtheft.center/MayTheFourth

 

More resources: For free one-on-one assistance with identity theft, scams, fraud, cybersecurity, privacy and more, contact the Identity Theft Resource Center toll-free 888-400-5530 or LiveChat

 

Tweet: Think you have what it takes to be a digital jedi? Train with steps to empower your privacy & identity. #MayTheFourthBeWithYou #RiseOfSkywalker @ITRCSD & @StaySafeOnline https://idtheft.center/MayTheFourth

More resources: Take privacy into your own hands with a privacy quiz. Then learn how to update your privacy settings on popular devices and online services.

 

Even after May The Fourth, you can safeguard your information from the Empire all year-long by staying up to date with the latest threats to your identity and tips by signing up for our newsletters:

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Identity Theft Resource Center Email Sign-up: https://www.idtheftcenter.org/newsletter-signup/ 


If you think you may be a victim of identity theft, contact the Identity Theft Resource Center for toll-free, no-cost assistance at (888) 400-5530. For on-the-go assistance, check out the free ID Theft Help App.

We’re hiring! The ITRC is a non-profit organization established to support victims of identity theft in resolving their cases, and to broaden public education and awareness in the understanding of identity theft, data breaches, cybersecurity, scams/fraud and privacy issues.

Communications Coordinator – Project Management

Summary: Coordinate all communications project activities to maximize the organization’s position with its audiences. Develop project timelines, monitor progress and finalize deliverables for external stakeholders including, but not limited to: funders, grant monitors, sponsors, partners, media partners, vendors and others. Serve as a sponsor/partner relations point of contact and communicate needs between internal cross functional teams and external points-of-contact. Provide support to sponsors and stakeholders on deliverables as assigned through agreed/contracted scope of work and project timelines. Traffic all internal communications projects from inception, project scheduling, delivery and reporting to all of the relevant stakeholders and work with other departments to ensure timely and accurate completion of all.

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Job Title: Communications Specialist – Copywriting & Public Relations

Reports To: Vice President of Communications

Summary: Coordinate public relations activities to maximize the organization’s position with its audiences. Draft, edit and finalize content for all stakeholder audiences including, but not limited to, sponsor deliverables, public relations materials, marketing collateral digital content, fact sheets, how-to guides, etc. Manage media relations and serve as the primary point-of-contact for media. Provide support to the executive team and stakeholders on deliverables as needed for reputation management.

Duties and Responsibilities include the following:

  • Build and maintain relationships with members of the media; handle incoming media requests including analysis of alignment with organization’s key messaging and mission, outlet assessment and audience viability; maintain media database.*
  • Manage, under the direction of the vice president of communications, all public relations efforts to ensure the organization’s reputation, mission and services are appropriately communicated to all stakeholder groups. Activities can include but are not limited to media/analyst relations, campaign development, execution and review; research and report development; awards submissions, outreach and events; presentation scheduling and other functions as assigned. *
  • Draft, edit and finalize for distribution all public relations communications materials in accordance with AP Style and communications best practices*
  • Draft, edit and finalize all marketing content including e-newsletters, corporate materials, presentations, fact sheets, website content, advertising copy as well as other deliverables as defined by the executive team as part of cross-functional teams*
  • Assist with administration and management of the Communications Committee of the Board of Directors, developing and executing recommended strategies for communication tactics that align with the organizations mission and goals*
  • Track key performance indicators and success metrics of communication plans based on annual goals and communicate progress on communication plans to appropriate stakeholders*
  • Provide mentorship to junior members of the Communications team as appropriate*
  • Perform any additional duties as requested by Executive team*

Qualifications:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education/Experience:

Bachelor degree required with emphasis in public relations, journalism or integrated marketing communications; or three to four years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Must be proficient in AP Style and public relations tactics. Previous experience with Cision, PRWeb, PR Newswire, Qualtrics, Survey Monkey, Sprout Social, Hootsuite, Wrike, Asana preferred.

Language Ability:

Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos. Ability to write detailed, tailored correspondence. Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients, and other employees of the organization.

Reasoning Ability:

Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions. Ability to deal with problems involving a few concrete variables in standardized situations.

Computer Skills:

To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Microsoft Office programs, capable of mastering use of CRM platform, Acrobat creative suite, social media platforms, project management tools and other programs necessary to operation of the organization.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, type, and use hands. The employee is frequently required to talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk and reach with hands and arms.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $55,000.00 /year

Experience:

  • AP Style: 3 years (Preferred)
  • Public Relations: 3 years (Preferred)

Education:

  • Bachelor’s (Preferred)

Work Location:

  • One location

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Job Title: Marketing Communications Assistant

Reports To: Vice President of Communications

FLSA Status: Hourly

Summary: Provides support for Identity Theft Resource Center’s Communication team. Activities will encompass public relations, digital marketing, social media, development, community outreach and research. Additional duties will also be relevant to meeting mission directive and sponsor deliverables.

Duties and Responsibilities include the following:

  • Work with members of the Communications team to meet goals related to organizational mission and goals. *
  • Assist with planning and implementing online marketing campaigns that drive engagement, traffic and call center volume across digital media*
  • Provide support to the Research Analyst in researching necessary key data for inclusion in deliverables*
  • Research, manage and maintain media lists for use by the Communications team in their engagement with external media stakeholders*
  • Assist with social media management including content creation, scheduling, and reporting *
  • Proofread content, including but not limited to social media posts, blog articles, email newsletters and press releases*
  • Manage the email newsletter including list management, content implementation, scheduling, delivery and reporting*
  • Assist in website management including the updating of existing content, uploading new content and graphic support*
  • Manage the vetting and scheduling of community events
  • Assist in graphic development for all properties*
  • Perform any duties as requested by executive team*

Qualifications:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education/Experience:

Completion of lower division college classes, Junior or Senior in one of the following disciplines: communications, journalism, marketing, New Media, public relations advertising; or one to two years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Understanding of AP Style and social media best practices are a plus.

Language Ability:

Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos. Ability to write detailed, tailored correspondence. Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients, and other employees of the organization.

Reasoning Ability:

Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions. Ability to deal with problems involving a few concrete variables in standardized situations.

Computer Skills:

To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Microsoft Office programs, capable of mastering use of CRM platform, Acrobat creative suite, social media platforms, project management tools and other programs necessary to operation of the organization.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, type, and use hands. The employee is frequently required to talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk and reach with hands and arms.

Job Type: Full-time

 

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Info Sheet – Child Identity Theft 

This information sheet is for parents and legal guardians of someone under the age of 18 who may be experiencing identity theft.

What is Child Identity Theft?

Child identity theft occurs when the personal identifying information (most commonly a Social Security number) of someone under the age of 18 is used by an imposter for financial gain or to avoid criminal prosecution. The imposter could be a stranger, someone who knows the family or even a family member.

Minors can’t legally acquire credit, take out loans, or have a bank account without a parent or guardian co-signing.  What this effectively means for an identity thief is if they are able to acquire a child’s personal identifying information, they’re far more likely to have an extended period of time where they can use the information without it being noticed.

Identity thieves use minor children’s information in the same ways an adult’s information can be used.  Creditors, the credit reporting agencies, and government agencies do not know how old someone is just by their Social Security number. All they can see is the number, the credit history, and a name.

RED FLAGS
Indicators of possible child identity theft are:

  • Calls from collection agencies regarding bills or credit cards in your child’s name.
  • Your child’s name appearing on caller ID (indicating that someone may be using your child’s information to establish an account).
  • Your child’s personal documents (Social Security Card, birth certificate, etc.) are stolen or missing.
  • Your child gets a notice about a warrant for a traffic violation or for taxes owed.
  • Your child is denied government assistance or medical insurance because income or benefits have already been assigned to the child’s Social Security number. You might also be told they want to verify employment for a job where the child has never worked.
  • A notice from the IRS that your child’s name and/or Social Security number is already listed on another tax return (if the person claiming your child is NOT a parent or legal guardian).
  • Receiving a pre-approved credit card offer in your child’s name.

RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Do not carry your child’s Social Security Card or papers with this number unless necessary.
  • Think twice before providing your child’s Social Security number. You do not need to provide your child’s SSN to enroll your child in school or for your child to attend school nor do you need to provide your child’s Social Security number at a doctor’s office.
  • Shred all papers that contain your child’s personal information with a cross-cut shredder.
  • Consider obtaining a state identification card for your child at your state’s licensing office and/or consider obtaining a passport for your child. A verified form of identification is not only useful, and sometimes necessary, for travel, it can also prevent a thief from falsifying a state ID or passport using your child’s stolen information.  Keep in mind there will be fees associated with obtaining these documents and you’ll have to safeguard the documents to prevent them from being stolen or misused.
  • Parents/legal guardians should strongly consider freezing their children’s credit with the three major credit reporting agencies (Equifax, Experian, TransUnion) because it’s one of the best proactive measures they can take to protect them. It’s important that parents/legal guardians check and make sure there is no credit file already associated with their child’s information. Children shouldn’t have a credit report, and if one is discovered, parents/legal guardians should immediately contact us for assistance in reclaiming their children’s identity. If there is no file associated with their child, parents can have one created by the CRA and then immediately frozen. It’s also worth noting that parents or legal guardians need to safeguard the PIN that each credit reporting agency assigns to them.

Shared Custody and Claiming Children on Taxes

In most cases, a parent or legal guardian fraudulently claiming a child on a tax return is a civil matter to be handled by the courts and/or with the assistance of an attorney and is not considered identity theft. You can review the IRS Publication 501, Exemptions for Dependents for more information.

This info sheet should not be used in lieu of legal advice. Any requests to reproduce this material, other than by individual victims for their own use, should be directed to itrc@idtheftcenter.org. Copyright, Identity Theft Resource Center®, all rights reserved.

Accounting & Finance Manager

Classification: Non-Exempt/Hourly

Employment Status: Regular, Full-Time

Reports To: Vice President of Operations

 

About Identity Theft Resource Center:

The Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) is a non-profit organization established to support victims of identity theft and cybercrime in resolving their cases, and to broaden public education and awareness in the understanding of identity theft, data breaches, cybersecurity, scams/fraud and privacy issues.

ITRC serves as a relevant national resource on consumer issues related to cybersecurity, data breaches, fraud, scams and other issues.

Position Summary:

Reporting to the Vice President of Operations, and serving as an integral member of the management team, the Finance Manager will be responsible for developing and maintaining efficient and effective financial operations, overseeing day-to-day bookkeeping responsibilities, preparing various financial statements for the organization, and ensuring that appropriate policies, procedures and internal controls are maintained to safeguard the organization and facilitate effective non-profit financial management.

Primary Roles and Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable
  • Month-end and year-end closing.
  • Preparation of quarterly financial reports for the board of directors and monthly financial reports for Executive Team.
  • Preparation of depreciation schedules and allocation schedules for expenses.
  • Preparation of audit materials and coordination with CPA during annual audit process.
  • Updating, creating, and implementing fiscal policies and procedures.
  • Reviewing grant budget spends and tracking grant income and expenditures against approved grant budgets to ensure continued compliance with approved budgets and applicable federal grant regulations.

 

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting/Finance with three to five years of experience in nonprofit accounting/finance
  • Demonstrable knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) Nonprofit Accounting Standards.
  • Licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) a plus.
  • Demonstrated excellence in organizational, managerial, and communication skills.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office programs and Adobe programs and accounting software.
  • Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends as required.
  • Commitment to the mission, vision, and values of ITRC.

Attitudes, behaviors, and traits:

  • Accountability for results.
  • Strong work ethic with an orientation towards constant innovation and process development.
  • Detail oriented, efficient, and accurate.
  • Ability to balance and prioritize tasks and projects.
  • Professional, effective communicator.
  • Proven team player; ability to collaborate and engage all internal/external stakeholders.

 

Compensation:

ITRC provides medical insurance as well as paid leave and holidays. The annual salary for this position is $60,000.

 

To Apply:

Please submit your resume and cover letter as a single document to mona@idtheftcenter.org.  Writing samples and reference letters encouraged.  Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. No phone calls, walk-ins or recruiters, please.

ITRC provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, gender, sex, gender identity or expression, age, medical condition, sexual orientation, marital status, citizenship, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, military status, caregiver status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

Identity Theft Resource Center Predicts 2014 Identity Theft Climate for Tax Season and Beyond

For the last fourteen years, identity theft has been the number one reported complaint to the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) according to their annual report titled the Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book. Javelin Strategy & Research has produced yearly studies, titled Identity Fraud Report, showing that the number of identity fraud victims increased from 10.2 million Americans in 2010 to 13.1 million in 2013.

This Research Says NO.

As the public has become more aware of scams and fraud, cybercriminals have had to up their game. Gone are the old Nigerian prince emails that tricked consumers into handing over their financial account information; instead, experts are now seeing phishing attempts that target businesses of every size and industry, and they do so by looking like the real deal.

One tech research firm KnowBe4 sent out “phishing tests” to see how individuals and businesses were likely to respond. Their most alarming finding may be this: the most successful phishing email contained a subject line that said, “Official Data Breach Notification.”
That email enticed more employees to open and follow through with the instructions than any other attempt subject line. What would prompt employees to put their companies at risk?

First, the change in notification laws allows companies who’ve suffered a data breach to email their victims instead of taking the time and expense to use the postal system. Just a few years ago, an emailed notification would have been easy to spot as a scam, but now, it could be legitimate. Also, where older phishing attempts were trying to cast a wide net and hope that someone fell for it—addressing recipients as “Dear Blessed Sir or Madam,” for example—targeted phishing attacks against businesses look very specific to that particular company or even to a specific employee.

Your company can invest hundreds of thousands of dollars in cybersecurity, but it takes only one employee opening a phishing email and downloading malicious software to bypass all of those measures and compromise your data. That’s why it’s crucial to spend focused time on training employees at every level of the company, from the custodial staff to the executives. Anyone can be targeted and can respond to an email, so having a company-wide policy on how to interact with unsolicited information can help prevent data breaches, ransomware attacks, and other crimes.


Contact the Identity Theft Resource Center for toll-free, no-cost assistance at (888) 400-5530. For on-the-go assistance, check out the free ID Theft Help App from ITRC.

New advancements in how we file have made the process a little less painful, but have also left the door wide open for hackers, scammers, and identity thieves.

Filing your taxes is probably pretty low on your list of favorite activities, wedged somewhere between dentist appointments and changing a tire on the side of the road. But it’s not really the arduous chore it used to be.

There are a number of tips to keep in mind as you file your state and federal taxes. These suggestions are meant to protect your data when you file, but can also work to secure your refund if your information has been compromised in the past.

1. Filing early

Complete your tax return and off your to-do list as soon as you can. Not only will you sleep a little better knowing it is finished, but you stand a better chance of beating a thief to your refund. Tax return fraud has grown exponentially in the past few years, in part due to the abundance of stolen identities available for sale online, so the best way to prevent it is to get your return filed before a thief can do it for you.

2. Knowing your preparer

Whether you use a walk-in tax preparer or have an accountant who handles your returns, ask questions about who can see your data and where it ends up. Keep in mind that a number of identity theft rings that have been broken up over the years were using tax prep services as a “front” for their real business. If you let someone else handle your sensitive documents, make sure they have a solid, long-standing reputation, and make sure you ask serious questions about where your information will be stored.

3. Filing yourself

If you handle your own taxes, you still have to watch out and secure your information. How? By making sure that the return itself is safe. If you prefer paper-and-pen forms that you’ll send through the mail, do NOT mail it from your curbside home mailbox. Drop it in a blue postal service box, or even better, take it to the counter of your local post office. If you file online, make sure you’re only doing so over secured wifi—as in, not your local coffee shop’s public wifi connection—and look for the HTTPS designation at the front of the IRS’ web address.

4. Remembering that your state taxes are under attack, too

If you’ve been a victim of identity theft or tax return fraud, or if you’re just concerned that it could happen to you, don’t overlook state return fraud. We tend to think of the IRS refund as the major payout and it usually is, but the potential for fraud at the state level is just as likely. In fact, since scammers can file returns using your information in multiple states, it may be an even bigger problem than people realize. Get your state return filed as soon as you can, and be on the lookout for notifications that there’s an issue with your return in a state you’ve never even visited, let alone worked in.

5. Destroying it!

With all of the new advancements, it’s easy to overlook the good old-fashioned tools of the identity theft trade. Shred any documents or receipts that you will no longer need in connection with your tax return, and keep a close eye on your mailbox so your necessary tax forms don’t wander off. If you don’t receive your forms in a timely way, it’s possible they were stolen, so check with the sender to confirm that they had been sent.

 

Watch the Free Webinar hosted by the ITRC & FTC 

Hosted by the Identity Theft Resource Center and the Federal Trade Commission, this webinar will discuss the warning signs of tax identity theft, how tax identity theft happens, common scams related to taxes, and what to do if you become a victim.

Click here to download a copy of the Tax Identity Theft Webinar presentation.


Contact the Identity Theft Resource Center for toll-free, no-cost assistance at (888) 400-5530. For on-the-go assistance, check out the free ID Theft Help App from ITRC.