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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) educates consumers about issues that affect their daily lives, including their financial well-being, health, and privacy. Within the FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection, the Division of Consumer and Business Education (DCBE) seeks to educate and empower consumers by providing them with simple and practical information adapted for particular audiences. This information helps people understand their rights and recognize, avoid and report frauds.

How to file a complaint Helps You Report and Recover from Identity Theft


Tax season is right around the corner, and tax identity thieves are eager to claim your tax refund as their own. Find out how to stop them during Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week, January 28-February 1, 2019.

Tax identity theft happens when someone uses your Social Security number to get a tax refund or a job. You might find out it has happened when you get a letter from the IRS saying more than one tax return was filed in your name, or IRS records show you have wages from an employer you don’t know.

Learn how to reduce the chance you’ll be a victim and find out what to do if you are during Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week. Join the FTC and its partners for free webinars, Twitter chats, and other events. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be posting information about the events and how you can participate at


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Colleen Tressler