2022Identity Theft

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will host a series of free events focused on trending issues in identity theft that include how to reduce the risk of identity theft and recover if it occurs to mark Identity Theft Awareness Week that takes place from Monday, January 31, 2022, to Friday, February 4, 2022, according to an FTC press release.

Identity Theft Awareness Week will begin on January 31 with a Facebook Live discussion on impersonators and identity theft and it will end February 4 with a Twitter chat recapping identity theft trends, advice, and recovery guidance discussed during the week. Here is a list of events from the FTC’s Identity Theft Awareness Week:

  • Monday, January 31, 2022, at 3 PM ET: Facebook Live: Impersonator Scams and Identity Theft. Jeff Abramo of the AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) Fraud Watch Network and FTC Northwest Regional Director Chuck Harwood talk about trending schemes that impersonators use to steal personal information — and how to spot and avoid them.
  • Tuesday, February 1, 2022, at 11-11:30 AM ET: Webinar: Staying Safe Online. Experts from the FTC and the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) discuss online safety practices that can lessen your risk of identity theft.
  • Wednesday, February 2, 2022, at 6:00 AM ET: Podcast: Detecting Identity Theft. FTC Identity Theft Program Manager Kelle Slaughter and ITRC leaders Eva Velasquez and James Lee discuss using your free credit report to detect identity theft and how to help keep your personal information safe.
  • Thursday, February 3, 2022, at 4:00 PM ET: Facebook Live: Combatting Identity Theft for Servicemembers & Veterans. Troy Broussard of AARP’s Veterans and Military Families Initiative and Carol Kando-Pineda of the FTC discuss how servicemembers, veterans, and their families can fight identity theft.
  • Friday, February 4, 2022, at 2:00 PM ET: Twitter Chat: Identity Theft Awareness: Keeping Your Information Secure. Join an online chat focused on identity theft trends, tips, and recovery. Hosted by the AARP and the FTC.

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