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Identity theft can happen to you: Treasurer

Identity Theft Awareness Week is Jan. 30 to Feb. 3


On the second day of Identity Theft Awareness Week 2023, treasurer Dave Young wants to make sure you know what identity theft is and what to do if it happens to you. 

“Coloradans must remain vigilant in keeping their personal information secure,” said Young. “This week we will focus on highlighting simple steps anyone can take to protect their information.

"Identity theft is a growing problem, and, unfortunately, thieves are using technology to become more sophisticated. Because identity theft can lead to significant financial damage, it’s crucial that Coloradans take steps today in order to protect themselves and their loved ones from identity theft.”

Identity Theft Awareness Week is an annual observance that begins on the last Monday of January and lasts for five days. This year, it takes place from Jan. 30 to Feb. 3. The significance of this week is to spread awareness that any type of theft can disrupt your finances, credit history, and reputation and take money and time to resolve. 

What should you do if identity theft happens to you?

  1. Call the companies where you know the fraud occurred.
  2. Place a fraud alert and get your credit reports.
  3. Report identity theft and get a recovery plan at the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) website. 
  4. File a report with your local police department.
  5. Consider purchasing an identity theft protection program for yourself and family members. An identity theft protection program will monitor potential identity theft threats and alert you before it occurs