National Protect Your Identity Week

National Protect Your Identity Week through October 23rd.

The Federal Trade Commission now receives 10 million reports of identity theft a year.

The theft can start with lost or stolen wallets, pilfered mail, or through documents thrown out by you or a business. A consumer may also be victimized through more high-tech crimes including a data breach, computer virus, phishing or an Internet scam.  Once the personal information is stolen, the crime can result in check fraud, credit card fraud, financial identity theft, criminal identity theft, governmental identity theft and medical identity theft.

Recognizing that awareness and education are essential tools necessary for consumers to protect themselves against identity theft, the National Foundation for Credit Counseling has teamed with the Council of Better Business Bureaus to host the third annual Protect Your Identity Week through Oct. 23.

To mark Protect Your Identity Week, educational workshops, credit report reviews and document shreddings will be available nationwide.

Consumers can visit here to find useful prevention tips, victim resources, and take a quiz to assess their own risk of becoming the next identity theft victim.