Don’t be a victim of identity theft, a growing problem in the United States. According to John Walsh, Acting Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), “Over 10 million Americans were affected by identity theft last year. Consumers must protect themselves and become educated about identity theft to prevent and resolve problems.”
To help in this effort, the OCC has joined with others and has designated October 17 – 23, 2010 Protect Your Identity Week.
From the OCC’s press release this week:
WASHINGTON — The Office of Comptroller of the Currency has joined the public-private coalition that supports the third annual Protect Your Identity Week (PYIW), an initiative of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC) and the Council of Better Business Bureaus (BBB). The week-long initiative, October 17 – 23, 2010, brings focus to the PYIW national campaign’s Web site and community events aimed at identity theft protection and education.
As part of this initiative, the OCC has made Web resources available that help consumers understand identity theft risks and how they may safeguard their personal information.
Consumers can find PYIW educational events in their area, hosted by local NFCC and BBB members, or other coalition partners, by visiting www.ProtectYourIDNow.org. Consumers can take advantage of identity theft workshops, onsite shredding and credit report reviews. The Web site also includes identity theft protection tips, videos, an interactive quiz to assess an individual’s risk of identity theft, and resources for victims. The OCC’s resources on identity theft may be accessed from the “Consumer Resources” section of the PYIW Web site.
OCC Fighting Identity Theft – http://www.occ.gov/Consumer/idtheft.htm
OCC Consumer Advisory – “Phishing” – http://www.occ.gov/topics/consumer-protection/fraud-resources/internet-pirates.html
OCC If You Become a Victim of Identity Theft – http://www.occ.gov/publications/publications-by-type/other-publications/idtheft.PDF
OCC HelpWithMyBank.gov – http://www.helpwithmybank.gov/faqs/other_id_theft.html