Each month, the Identity Theft Resource Center hosts an informative Twitter chat on ways to protect the public from fraud and scams. This month’s chat, co-hosted with the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), will focus on law enforcement’s role in combating identity theft. The chat will take place Thursday, November 6 at 2:00pm ET.

October was National Cyber Security Awareness Month, a joint effort now in its eleventh year that combines government entities and advocacy organizations to help raise more public awareness of cybercrimes. Even though NCSAM is over, identity theft doesn’t end in October and neither do our efforts. As a continuation of Week 5’s theme “Cybercrime and Law Enforcement”, NW3C will be joining us to bring awareness to law enforcement’s role in cybercrime and general identity theft.

Topics addressed at the chat will include:

  1. How does law enforcement help prevent identity theft?
  2. How does law enforcement deal with criminal identity theft?
  3. If someone is a victim of identity theft who should they report it to?
  4. Are there special cybercrime law enforcement units?
  5. What does law enforcement do after you report identity theft to them?
  6. What is helpful to know about law enforcement and identity theft?
  7. How often do they catch the perpetrator?
  8. What are the sentences for identity theft?
  9. What types of training does NW3C offer law enforcement investigating identity theft and cybercrime?

In order to participate in this informative event on November 6th at 2pm ET/11am PT, users will log into their Twitter accounts and follow the hashtag #IDTheftChat. Be sure to type “#IDTheftChat” at the end of each of your tweets so that others may see your comments and questions. For your convenience, you can always follow along in the ID Theft Chat TweetChat room by going to http://tweetchat.com/room/IDTheftChat.

Follow the Identity Theft Resource Center (@IDTheftCenter) and the National White Collar Crime Center (@NW3CNews) on Twitter for great information that will help you protect yourself throughout the year.