By Annie Cromwell, America Saves Communications Associate
Today starts the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week - to raise awareness about tax identity theft and provide individuals with information to arm themselves against thieves. The FTC is hosting 16 countrywide events in addition to a series of webinars and Twitter chats.
Tax identity theft has become one of the Commission’s top identity theft complaints. Help protect yourself from becoming a victim of tax identity theft by attending one of the virtual or in-person events this week.
On Jan. 15, the FTC will host webinars in English at 1:30 p.m. ET and in Spanish at 3:30 p.m. ET. Both will be available at http://www.ftc.gov/taxidtheft. On Jan. 16, at 2 p.m. ET @FTC will co-host a Twitter chat with the Identity Theft Resource Center using the hashtag #IDTheftChat, and will host a a Spanish-language chat on @laFTC using the hashtag #roboimpuestos.
The 16 Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week events will be held in cities across the country on an array of topics including how the unique challenges of military life can make military households a target for scam artists. The events held in Huntsville, Ala., Ft. Jackson, S.C. and Ft. Belvoir, Va., will focus on the needs of military service members, veterans and their families.
The FTC has also created tax-related identity theft materials for use by local and state law enforcement agencies, consumer advocates and others in creating events of their own or providing information to consumers on how to prevent, recognize and respond to tax identity theft.
It is best to learn about Identity theft before it happens. The Consumer Resources section on IdTheftInfo.org contains general information, information for children, shows you how to safely dispose of personal information, and tests how prepared you are to thwart identity theft.