Jan 29, 2024: Identity Theft Awareness Week January 29 to February 2

Identity Theft AwarenessThe Prescott Valley Police Department is joining the Federal Trade Commission in announcing Identity Theft Awareness Week January 29 to February 2, 2024. Identity theft can take many forms. It could be someone opening a credit card or utility account in your name, or someone using your information to get a loan or a job or medical care. And it can happen to anyone.

Talking about identity theft can help people you care about take steps to protect their personal information and know what to do if something happens. Whether you’re chatting with friends and family, sharing information on social media or at community group meetings, please consider talking about identity theft and the opportunities to learn more during Identity Theft Awareness Week.

You create and keep lots of personal information in your online accounts, so you want good protection in place. Here’s how to protect your accounts:

  • Create a Strong Password. Start by making your password long – aim for at least 12 characters.
  • Use Multi-factor Authentication. Even strong passwords are vulnerable to cyberattacks. Using multi-factor authentication means a hacker who steals your password can’t log into your account without another authentication factor.
  • Pick Security Questions Only You Can Answer. As with a password, make sure the question and answer are unique, not one that you use on other sites.
  • Change Your Password If Someone Steals It. If a company or website tells you it lost your password in a data breach, change your password immediately.

If someone is using your personal information, contact your local law enforcement agency. You should also report it and get help at www.IdentityTheft.gov.

Prescott Valley Police Department can be contacted at (928) 772-9267 for non-emergencies, 911 for emergencies. Yavapai Silent witness is 1-800-932-3232