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 next Twitter chat on Thursday, April 2nd at 2pm ET/11am PT with our co-hosts, Merchants Information Solutions, Inc. and the Better Business Bureau Serving Nebraska, South Dakota, The Kansas Plains and Southwest Iowa. Our topic this month is how identity thieves and scammers are taking advantage of social media platforms to defraud consumers and businesses.


Thanks to all #IDTheftChat participants! If you couldn’t make it to the chat, read about it here: 






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

  • How is social media used to scam consumers and businesses? What info is at risk?
  • What is business identity theft?
  • Why would my small business be a target on social media?
  • Are there security risks when my business uses social media?
  • What are some examples of scams & fraud perpetrated on social media?
  • What are the most common social media platforms scammers use to steal information?
  • Does this have a direct impact on the customers of the affected business?
  • Can a company guarantee that I will never be an identity theft victim?
  • What are the top tips to avoid being taken by social media scams?
  • What can you do if you’re a victim of account takeover, or if social media led to theft or fraud?
  • In your opinion, what is the biggest risk to becoming an identity theft victim?


Everyone is welcome to attend this free event. The many nuances of identity theft and fraud via social media have been less present in the media, but an increasing problem. Account takeover, theft, access to PII – all are possible on social media. This can have long lasting effects on businesses and consumers.

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), Merchants Information Solutions, Inc. (@MerchantsInfo), and BBB (@BBBNE_SD_KS_IA) for great information that will help you protect yourself and your business from crimes throughout the year.