The emotional impact of identity theft is far-reaching and extends well beyond the initial discovery and subsequent process of clearing the theft.
The Identity Theft Resource Center routinely conducts focused surveys on identity theft, asking victims who have reached out for support from the organization to participate in the voluntary research to help the industry better understand the root causes, illicit methods, and recovery experience from this type of crime.
The survey results are then compiled into a report that the ITRC shares with a wide variety of industry stakeholders to help develop a broader picture of what identity theft really entails.
On Wednesday, October 29, the ITRC and other industry organizations will celebrate the 11th annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month with the release of the ITRC’s most recent survey report, “Identity Theft: The Aftermath.”
The Aftermath survey polls identity theft victims who’ve reached out to the ITRC for support, and asks them some poignant questions about how being a victim has impacted their lives. Apart from the details shared about what is involved in recovering from an identity theft, survey respondents also shared personal stories of financial and personal security effects, and the impact on their sense of trust.
According to one victim and survey respondent, “I haven’t been able to get a loan to go back to school and finish my degree, which has made finding a job nearly impossible.” Identity theft is now affecting this victim’s livelihood, and leaving emotional and financial damage.
Please join us next Wednesday, when the full survey results are unveiled, at a free live event at Google headquarters in Washington, DC. The panel of experts will discuss ways in which the industry as a whole can leverage this information to better serve victims and consumers.
Terrell McSweeny, Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission, will give the keynote, while a panel will conduct the actual report discussion. To register, please follow the link at http://goo.gl/WkP8V4.
- Wednesday, October 29, 9:30am-11:30am
- Google – Washington, DC, 25 Massachusetts Avenue NW, 9th Floor, Washington, DC
Terrell McSweeny, Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission
- Moderator: Julie Fergerson, Chairperson ITRC Board of Directors, and SVP of Industry Solutions, Ethoca
- Adam Levin, Chairman and Co-founder of IDT911 and Credit.com, and former Director of the New Jersey Department of Consumer Affairs
- Jonathan J. Rusch, Deputy Chief for Strategy and Policy, Fraud Section, Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice
- Steve Toporoff, FTC Attorney, Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, Bureau of Consumer Protection
- Eva Velasquez, President/CEO of Identity Theft Resource Center
Can’t make it to the event but want to be involved? Join in live on Twitter and follow along with the hashtag #IDTheftImpact. We’ll be sharing statistics and facts from the findings, and the experts’ thoughts on how to move forward.
Each person affected by identity theft has long-lasting emotional repercussions, but we can all make changes to keep ourselves safer.