Yes, Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week is certainly a cause for celebration. The Federal Trade Commission is hosting the week-long awareness campaign, and the educational and security implications can have a huge impact on reducing one of the fastest growing forms of identity theft: government and tax identity theft. This issue is so large, in fact, that government identity theft was the second highest reported personal data issue in 2014, making up 34% of all reported cases, according to call center data from the Identity Theft Resource Center.
So how do you get involved? Throughout the week of January 26th through 30th, the FTC and other organizations will offer free webinars, blog posts, daily tips, social media posts, and more. The best way to support the event is through your participation, and it’s also a great way to help others protect themselves from tax identity theft.
The FTC has already included a number of resources for consumers to use, such as the link to the IRS’s brochure on identity theft protection and victim assistance. There are also details about the FTC’s webinar with AARP, which will be held on Tuesday, January 27th, at 2pm ET, as well as a joint Twitter chat hosted with the Identity Theft Resource Center on Thursday, January 29th, at 3pm ET.
To join the webinar on Tuesday, click here for information and log in details; to participate in the Thursday ITRC Twitter chat, users must log into their Twitter accounts and follow the hashtag #IDTheftChat. For your convenience, you may also log into the ID Theft TweetChat room by going to http://tweetchat.com/room/IDTheftChat after signing into your Twitter account. It’s important that participants type “#IDTheftChat” at the end of each of their tweets so that others may see their comments and questions, and users can search for that hashtag to read all of the information on the topic of holiday shopping safety.
Be sure to also follow the FTC (@FTC) and the Identity Theft Resource Center on Twitter (@IDTheftCenter) for great information that will help you protect yourself and your loved ones from internet crimes throughout the year.