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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced the final agenda for the conference “Identity Theft – Planning for the Future” taking place on May 24, 2017, in Washington, D.C., to examine the state of identity theft now and how the crime may evolve in the future, according to an FTC press release.

The agenda for the daylong identity theft conference includes panel discussions on how identity thieves acquire and use consumer information, how websites trade in stolen information, the impact of identity theft on certain sectors, challenges identity theft victims face, and resources for identity theft victims.

The FTC received nearly 500,000 identity theft complaints in 2016 and the Department of Justice (DOL) reports that 17.6 million individuals – 7% of all U.S. residents age 16 and older – were victims of one or more incidents of identity theft in 2014, according to the FTC. The identity theft conference will address:

  • What types of information do identity thieves steal?
  • How have identity theft related frauds evolved?
  • What threats to public safety can result from identity theft?
  • Are certain populations more vulnerable to identity theft?
  • What resources are available to help identity theft victims?

FTC Acting Chair Maureen K. Ohlhausen will deliver keynote remarks at the identity theft conference, which will bring together industry representatives, consumer advocates, and government officials. FTC technical experts will also give a presentation on how consumer data online is used by malicious actors.

The conference – which is free and open to the public – will be webcast live and held at 8:00 AM ET at the FTC’s Constitution Center, at 400 7th St., SW, in Washington, D.C. More information is available at

The FTC works to promote competition, and protect and educate consumers, who may file a consumer complaint online or call 1-877-FTC-HELP (382-4357). People may like the FTC on Facebook, follow the FTC on Twitter, read FTC blogs, and subscribe to FTC press releases. To learn more, visit

The FTC Identity Theft page explains “Identity theft happens when someone uses your Social Security number or other personal information to open new accounts, make purchases, or get a tax refund.” is the federal government’s resource to help identity theft victims recover at

As reported by ESR News in February 2017, Javelin Strategy & Research released a 2017 Identity Fraud Study that found the number of identity theft victims increased 16% to reach 15.4 million U.S. consumers in 2016 and that the amount of money taken rose by nearly one billion dollars to $16 billion.

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