Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week Jan 25-29

Tax identity theft happens when someone uses your Social Security number to get a tax refund or a job. Find out what you can do about it, and how you can help others during Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week. For information about identity theft in general, visit

You will have an opportunity to learn more about tax identity theft at the following events:

•Jan. 26, 2 pm E.S.T: Webinar for Consumers about Tax IDT co-hosted by FTC and AARP’s Fraud Watch Network and Tax Aide Program

•Jan. 27, 11 am E.S.T: Twitter Chat with Information for Veterans about Tax IDT, hosted by FTC and Department of Veterans Affairs

•Jan. 28, 1 pm E.S.T: Assisting Victims of Tax Identity Theft, a webinar hosted by FTC and IRS

•Jan. 29, 2 pm E.S.T: FTC and ITRC Twitter Chat #IDTheftChat

In addition to these events, the FTC has created a wide array of materials to help educate consumers about this growing issue, all of which can be found at The materials are in multiple languages, and also feature ways in which consumers can share information about tax identity theft with their friends and families.

The Federal Trade Commission works for consumers to prevent fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices and to provide information to help spot, stop, and avoid them. To file a complaint in English or Spanish, visit the FTC’s online Complaint Assistant or call 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357). The FTC enters complaints into Consumer Sentinel, a secure, online database available to more than 2,000 civil and criminal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad. The FTC’s website provides free information on a variety of consumer topics. Like the FTC on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and subscribe to press releases for the latest FTC news and resources.


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