FTC Marks Identity Theft Awareness Week for 2022 January 31-February 4

The Federal Trade Commission will mark 2022’s Identity Theft Awareness Week January 31-February 4 with a series of free events focused on trending issues in identity theft, including how to reduce your risk of identity theft and recover if it occurs.

Identity theft happens when someone uses your personal or financial information — like your Social Security or financial account number — to commit fraud.

The FTC will kick things off early with a webinar on January 25 featuring experts from the FTC and Department of Veterans Affairs who will discuss identity theft and privacy concerns that directly impact veterans and their families. Identity Theft Awareness Week will formally begin on January 31 with a Facebook Live discussion on impersonators and identity theft. It will end February 4 with a Twitter chat recapping identity theft trends, advice, and recovery guidance discussed during the week. Find the full list of events on the FTC’s Identity Theft Awareness Week page.

At Thursday’s open Commission meeting, FTC staff highlighted the events taking place during Identity Theft Awareness Week and gave a presentation on the agency’s identity theft program, recent trends consumers have reported, and the resources available at IdentityTheft.gov and RobodeIdentidad.gov.

The Federal Trade Commission works to promote competition, stop deceptive and unfair business practices and scams, and educate consumers. Report fraud, scams, or bad business practices at ReportFraud.ftc.gov. Get consumer advice at consumer.ftc.gov. Also, follow the FTC on social media, subscribe to press releases, and read the FTC’s blogs.


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