Each month, the Identity Theft Resource Center hosts an informative Twitter chat on ways to protect the public from fraud and scams. Be sure to join us for our monthly Twitter chat on Thursday, March 12th at 2pm ET/11am PT with our co-host, Fraud of the Day. Our topic this month is “Identity Fraud and How it Relates to Government Programs,” and will provide insight into how government identity theft affects its victims.

We’ll be chatting with several industry watchers and identity theft experts to uncover the answers to the following questions:


  • What is the difference between identity theft and identity fraud?
  • Our identity info will most likely be compromised at some point. Are there any ways to tell if fraudsters are using it to commit government fraud?
  • How big is the problem of fraud against government programs?
  • How many different types of identity fraud can you name against the government?
  • Should you apply for government benefits or services in person and/or online?
  • Are there ways to protect against identity theft related fraud within government programs (ex: food stamps, Medicaid, or tax refund fraud)?
  • Have you been a victim of identity fraud within a government program? If so, what did you do?
  • What measures are government agencies using today to protect their citizens/constituents identities?
  • Are there any successful government programs that have prevented identity fraud that people should be made aware of today?


Everyone is welcome to attend this free event. With a record number of data breaches already reported in these first two months of 2015, and tax refund fraud causing headaches for taxpayers, there’s no better time than March 12th to participate in this live Twitter event.

In order to take part, users must simply log into their Twitter accounts at the appointed date and time and follow the #IDTheftChat hashtag. For your convenience, you may also log into Tweet Deck by going to https://tweetdeck.twitter.com/ after signing into your Twitter account. Then search for the hashtag #IDTheftChat to follow the discussion. Be sure to type “#IDTheftChat” at the end of each of your tweets so that others may see your comments and questions, and search for that hashtag to read all of the information on the topic of government fraud.

Be sure to also follow the Identity Theft Resource Center on Twitter (@IDTheftCenter) and Fraud of the Day (@FraudOfTheDay) for great information that will help you protect yourself and your loved ones from crimes throughout the year.