Thursday, October 14, 2010

Protect Your Identity Week: October 17 - October 23

We do everything we can to protect our families. But did you know that even the most responsible of us can become victims of identity theft?

My husband and I have always been very cautious, yet somehow an identity thief still acquired my Social Security number. Our identity theft story isn't nearly the worst I've heard, but it's enough to make this topic near and dear to my heart.

So today I'm writing on behalf of NFCC (National Foundation for Credit Counseling) and the Council of Better Business Bureaus to tell you about the 3rd Annual Protect Your Identity Week, October 17-23.

Although Protect Your Identity Week is a reason to talk about the issue of identity theft, we need to be on alert all year.  Last year alone, 11.1 million people became victims--a 12.5 percent increase over the previous year!  We may be putting ourselves and our families at risk by simply writing a check, using a credit card or even our ATM cards; so our strongest weapon against such identity theft really is education.

How can you take advantage of PYIW this year?
  • There will be more than 150 free events in communities across the country offering educational workshops, credit report reviews, and paper shredding. You can find an event using this event map!
  • Easy to follow tips, resources, and a self-assessment quiz to determine your own personal risk of identity theft are all available at the Protect Your ID Now website as well.
  • Daily blogs will be available from nationally known ID theft expert and McAfee consultant, Robert Siciliano.  Read it at
  • And this year, Cintas Corporation is providing free paper shredding at events nationwide with the goal of making the Guinness Book of World Records for the most paper collected in a 24-hour period!
  • Finally, be sure to get involved with PYIW on Facebook and Twitter, where NFCC will provide daily tips and PYIW articles all throughout the month.
I hope you'll take a few minutes to check out the self-assessment quiz (just 10 quick questions), identity theft statistics, consumer tipsevents in your area, even identity theft games.

Disclosure:  I have received no compensation in any form for sharing this information with you.

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