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Identity Theft Awareness Week

Identity Theft Awareness Week 2021

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Identity theft can happen to anyone, but there are things you can do to reduce your risk. Join the FTC and its partners for free webinars and other events during Identity Theft Awareness Week, February 1 – 5, 2021. We’ll highlight what you can do to protect your personal information, red-flag warning signs of possible identity theft, and what to do if identity theft happens to you. Here’s what’s on tap.

Calendar of Events

Tuesday, January 26, at 7 PM ET

  • Webinar: Five Ways to Protect Veterans & Military Families from Scams in 2021
    Join experts from AARP, the Federal Trade Commission, and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service for Five Ways to Protect Veterans & Military Families from Scams in 2021. You'll hear from fraud-fighting experts about the top scams and identity theft targeting veterans and military families, get your questions answered live, and learn more about stopping scammers in their tracks. Register now to watch this webcast live or on-demand at your convenience.

Monday, February 1, at 1 PM ET

  • Webinar: Ripple Effects of COVID-19 Related Identity Theft & Tips to Protect Yourself in 2021
    Join experts from the Identity Theft Resource Center and the FTC for a discussion of identity theft during the pandemic — and steps you can take to protect your personal information. We’ll explore topics including identity theft involving unemployment benefits, federal stimulus payments, Small Business Administration loans, and more. The webinar is free, but space is limited. Please register for the event. The webinar also will be available for later viewing.

Wednesday, February 3, all day

  • The FTC and Identity Theft Resource Center partner for a LinkedIn Story “takeover”
    The FTC will take over the Identity Theft Resource Center’s (ITRC’s) LinkedIn Story to offer tips on protecting yourself against identity theft. Visit the ITRC’s LinkedIn page to learn about different types of identity theft, their warning signs, and how to recover if identity theft happens to you.

Thursday, February 4, at 2 PM ET

  • Facebook Live: The FTC and AARP discuss identity theft
    The AARP Fraud Watch Network talks with Shameka Walker, the FTC’s Identity Theft Program Manager, about COVID-19-related identity theft, current trends, and how to protect yourself. Join the conversation on the AARP Fraud Watch Network Facebook Page.

Friday, February 5, available beginning 8 AM ET

  • Podcast: The FTC and Identity Theft Resource Center talk about identity theft and COVID-19
    Shameka Walker, the FTC’s Identity Theft Program Manager, and ITRC leaders Eva Velasquez and James Lee, talk about current trends in identity theft, the impact of COVID-19-related identity theft, and tips to help keep your personal information safe on the ITRC podcast, The Fraudian Slip, available beginning 8 AM ET on February 5.

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  • Identity Theft Awareness Week starts February 1! Visit ftc.gov/idtheftweek for details on events and free resources. #IDTheftWeek2021 #idtheft
  • It’s Identity Theft Awareness Week! Learn about free events and resources at ftc.gov/idtheftweek. #IDTheftWeek2021 #idtheft

Resources

Visit ftc.gov/idtheft. Find resources you can use and share in your community.

 

 

What if identity theft happens to you?

Visit IdentityTheft.gov to report identity theft to the FTC and get a personal recovery plan. IdentityTheft.gov walks you through recovery steps for more than 30 types of identity theft.