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FTC Challenges Consumers to Test Their Knowledge of ID Theft

Can You Pass the Test? The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) estimates that as many as nine million Americans have their identities stolen each year. Skilled identity thieves may use a variety of methods, from dumpster diving to phishing and/or skimming. Your best defense against identity theft, says the FTC, is awareness. Not only awareness of how information is stolen and what you can do to protect yours, but also awareness of the need to monitor your personal information to uncover any problems quickly, and awareness of what to do when you suspect your identity has been stolen.
Armed with the knowledge of how to protect yourself and take action, the FTC says you can make identity thieves’ jobs much more difficult. The FTC challenges consumers to test their knowledge about identity theft by taking its OnGuard ID Theft FaceOff game.   Note this works best using an Internet Explorer browser.

This short quiz allows consumers to choose between four different characters – Kristen, Jim, Eric or Alexis. When the quiz begins, the character you select is missing its facial features. With each question you answer correctly, you get to add a facial feature (i.e. eyes, nose, ears, etc.) The quiz tests your knowledge on such things as, “do you understand what identity theft is, how to protect yourself against identity theft, who to contact if you are a victim of identity theft, etc.” At the end of the quiz, OnGuard refers consumers to www.onguardonline.gov, where they can obtain helpful tips on not only how to protect their personal information, but also how to guard against Internet fraud and secure their computer. The site offers information in English and Spanish.