SOURCE: National Foundation for Credit Counseling

National Foundation for Credit Counseling

October 06, 2009 15:30 ET

National Foundation for Credit Counseling Urges You to Protect Your Identity October 17-24

Learn How to Protect Yourself From the Fastest Growing Crime in America

SILVER SPRING, MD--(Marketwire - October 6, 2009) - Did you know that even the most responsible of us can become a victim of identity theft? The nonprofit organization, National Foundation for Credit Counseling, has teamed up with Council of Better Business Bureaus to bring you Protect Your Identity Week, October 17-24th.

Now more than ever it is important to protect ourselves and our families from theft and invasion, as nearly 10 million Americans were victims of identity theft last year, making this the fastest growing crime in America! Everyday 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 the best protection against identity theft is education. By visiting www.ProtectYourIDNow.org, you can take a quiz and assess your risk of ID theft and learn helpful tips to keep you and your family safe. Additionally, the Web site allows you to find PYIW events in your area. Workshops, shredding and credit report reviews are some of the events taking place across the nation from Oct 17-24.

Since this crime is not going anywhere, it is time for us to fight back! Identity Theft comes in many forms, from Financial Identity Theft, to Government to Medical, and can be accomplished by practices such as:

    
--  Dumpster Diving
    
--  Skimming
    
--  Phishing
    
--  Changing Your Address
    
--  "Old-Fashioned" Stealing
    

National Protect Your Identity Week is October 17-24th. Visit www.ProtectYourIDNow.org, where you will learn important tips and receive information on ways to get involved in National Protect Your Identity Week events.

Learn more today to start protecting yourself and your family for the future.

Tags/Keywords: NFCC, Protect Your Identity Week, Identity Theft, Crime, Fraud, Finances, Money

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Protect Your Identity Week Website:

www.ProtectYourIDNow.org

NFCC Official Facebook Page:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/National-Foundation-for-Credit-Counseling-NFCC/69791289272

NFCC Twitter Updates:

www.twitter.com/nfccdebtadvice

National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded in 1951 and is the nation's largest and longest serving national nonprofit credit counseling organization. The NFCC's mission is to promote the national agenda for financially responsible behavior and build capacity for its more than 100 members to deliver the highest quality financial education and counseling services. Setting the national standard for quality credit counseling, debt reduction services and education for financial wellness, NFCC members annually help more than two million consumers through nearly 850 community-based offices nationwide.

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