It has been an interesting year for data breaches and identity theft, with a record number of reported incidents making national headlines and coming in to the Identity Theft Resource Center’s call center. These higher-than-ever figures may have a lot to do with reports that data breaches are the top concern among corporate CFOs and that identity theft is the fastest growing crime in the US. One poll even went so far as to discover that Americans fear identity theft more than being the victim of a gun-related crime.
Nobody should have to live in fear, and that’s why the non-profit ITRC works round the clock to make sure that consumers are armed with information before a breach occurs, and works with victims to clean up the mess should their identities be stolen. No matter what type of identity theft—credit card fraud, employment fraud, tax return theft, child identity theft, government benefits theft, or any of the other ways that criminals can use your information for their own gain—the ITRC is standing by to help you should your personal data fall into the wrong hands.
We operate a 24/7 service through both our live call center (888-400-5530) and our website where you can reach out for help, no matter the nature of the ID theft concern. Thanks to our generous supporters, an actual (re: live!) knowledgeable representative will help you with step-by-step information on your best options, providing you with contact information for resources you can connect with, and offering Fact Sheets that give you complete details of your next course of action.
One of the most important parts of our mission is to educate the public before a breach or theft happens in the hope of arming consumers with so much information that they never need our help. The best ways to stay informed are to follow our social media feeds on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn, and to check out the blog articles that we post almost daily through most of those channels. Be sure to share the information from our organization with your own social media connections in order to help your friends and family steer clear of fraud attempts, hackers, and scams.
Here’s to a safe and happy new year!