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October 16-22: National Protect Your Identity Week

October 19, 2011

Consumers across the nation, including here in the Commonwealth, are encouraged to participate in National Protect Your Identity Week (PYIW) October 16th to 22nd.

Every year, more than 10 million Americans are victims of identity theft, according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). National Protect Your Identity Week was launched four years ago by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling and the Council of Better Business Bureaus to help give consumers the educational tools and information they need to protect themselves from identity thieves.

Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation Undersecretary Barbara Anthony is urging consumers across the state to take advantage of the educational workshops and materials available.

Consumers can find educational events, including identity theft workshops, credit report reviews, and onsite shredding, in their region by visiting www.ProtectYourIDNow.org. The website has additional resources for consumers, including identity theft protection tips, videos, an interactive quiz to help assess risk of identity theft, and advice and resources for victims.

For more information about identity theft prevention and awareness, please visit www.mass.gov/consumer or call the Consumer Hotline at (617) 973-8787 or toll free at (888) 283-3575.

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