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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Protect Your Identity Week

image credit: Vera Kratochvil
This week, October 16-22, is the 4th Annual Protect Your Identity Week.

Although it's important for everyone to protect themselves from identity theft, a special emphasis is being placed on child identity theft protection this October. It's scary that studies have shown children are 51 times more likely than adults to have their Social Security numbers stolen, with the theft often going unnoticed for years. As parents, we must arm ourselves with the resources and information needed to keep our family members' identities safe.

Here are a few of the many ways to get involved with PYIW this year:

  • NFCC Member Agencies and supporting Coalition Members will offer free identity theft education and protection events in communities across the country this month.  Events include workshops, cell phone recycling, and paper shredding powered by Cintas, a leader in document destruction. AllClear ID, a recognized expert in identity theft protection, will provide materials on ID theft education in general as well as tips specific to child identity theft. To find an event near you, check out this event map!
  • Easy to follow tips, resources and a self-assessment ID Quiz to determine your own personal risk of identity theft are all available for your reference on the Protect Your ID Now website.
  • Be sure to also read and share the First Steps For Victims section so that you will be prepared in case you're the next victim.
  • Finally, get involved with PYIW on FacebookTwitterYouTube, and the blog at where tips and PYIW articles will be provided all throughout October.
To learn more and get involved, visit

Disclosure:  I received this information from the nonprofit National Foundation for Credit Counseling, one of the sponsors of Protect Your Identity Week.  I have received no compensation in any form for sharing this with you.


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