Identity Theft

Kids turning 16? Check their credit report.

Any parent or guardian of a child knows the milestones that come with turning 16 – learning to drive, maybe dating, or thinking about college. But now, there’s one more: checking their credit report.

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Money & Credit

Online or on paper, get the latest FTC identity theft info

Looking for information on dealing with identity theft? The FTC has new and revised identity theft publications that reflect features of IdentityTheft.gov that make it easier to report and recover from identity theft.

Here’s what’s hot off the presses:

3 videos to help you be #CyberAware

October is almost here — which means, so is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). What does that mean for you? It’s a great time to make sure you’re #CyberAware. Are you doing everything you can to protect your personal information and devices? Check out these questions — and corresponding short videos — to see what you’re doing right, and where your cyber habits might need some work.

Yahoo breach? Watch this

Was your information exposed in the Yahoo data breach? Change your Yahoo password right away. Then, check out this new data breach video from the FTC.

Data breaches and you – a new video

Another data breach. And this time, it’s your personal information. Take a deep breath. Then check out this new video from the FTC.

Webinar: Helping Reentrants be Informed Consumers

Do you work or volunteer with people who are restarting their lives after being incarcerated? Then you’ve probably seen first-hand how important it is that people reenter society with skills to help them make good financial decisions. Effective reentry strategies reduce crime and enhance individual and community well-being. The FTC has free materials to help people reentering society understand background checks, manage money, spot and avoid scams, avoid identity theft, and make good buying decisions.

Join our webinar to learn how our resources can support reentry, parole and corrections programs – and share your ideas about the kinds of information this community needs. All FTC resources are free and have no copyright restrictions, and we’ll ship you as many as you need for your program. For free.

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Money & Credit

Twitter chats for the military community

July is Month of the Military Consumer – and FTC’s @MilConsumer is hosting a series of Twitter chats for servicemembers, veterans, and their families.

Password breaches – What to do

With hundreds of millions of usernames and passwords exposed by breaches recently in the news, you may be wondering how to keep your information safe. Whether you’ve been part of a breach or not, it’s a good time to take steps to protect your usernames and passwords.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day – Playing a part in prevention

It’s World Elder Abuse Awareness Day – it’s not a celebratory day, but rather a day to talk about preventing, identifying, and responding to elder abuse and financial exploitation. Whether you are an older adult, care for one, or simply know someone who is a senior, you can do something to prevent elder financial abuse. Here are some tips and tools to help you play a part.

Identity theft… by mobile phone

Identity theft can happen to you – and your mobile phone. It has even happened to the FTC’s Chief Technologist, Lorrie Cranor, and other FTC colleagues.

How does it happen? You might get a bill for a new mobile phone that you didn’t order. The thief used your personal information to open a new account. Or maybe your phone stops working entirely because a thief used your information to upgrade to a new phone and then shut off the phone you’re using.      

What can you do to reduce the risk of mobile phone identity theft?

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