April 3rd isn’t April Fool’s Day and that’s a good thing because there is nothing foolish about attending this month’s #IDTheftChat.  The 3rd is the 1st Thursday in April and that means another Identity Theft Twitter Chat.  This month’s topic is scams and we are very excited to have IDT911 as our co-host!

Contrary to popular belief, you do not have to be a fool to fall for most of the scams out there these days. The more we talk about the issues and get the word out about current scams and how to protect yourself, the better off we will all be.  Therefore, this Identity Theft Twitter Chat is just another way the ITRC is really trying to reach mainstream consumers to make them aware of identity theft and related issues, like scams. This Identity Theft Twitter Chat will take place at 11:00am PST on April 3rd 2014.

Here are the questions for April’s chat:

Q1: Have you ever been a victim of a scam? What happened?

Q2: How do you stay safe from scams and protect your identity when using Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn?

Q3: What are some resources for scam victims?

Q4: How do you protect yourself from phishing, vishing and smishing scams when using your mobile device?

Q5: How do you report scams?

Q6: If you’re a victim of a scam, what steps should you take to protect your identity? 

Q7: What are the most effective ways of managing your identity in general?

Q8: What scams have you heard going around lately?

This month’s event should help make participants aware of some of the scams out there and give them resources to use should they fall victim to a scam.  It also allows us to share our scam stories, because everyone has at least one!

In order to participate, users should follow the hashtag #IDTheftChat . Those who would like to participate can RSVP via online invitation.  Anyone is welcome and we hope we will see consumers, businesses and organizations alike! Participants may find it helpful to participate through the #IDTheftChat Twub which can be found at http://twubs.com/IDTheftChat. We hope you will join the conversation and bring your friends!