What the U.S. Government Shutdown Means for Identity Theft Victims
**Note: The government shutdown came to an end on January 28, 2019 after 35 days. Delays are still expected as agencies work through more than a month of backlog.
You’re probably aware that the U.S. government has been in a partial shutdown since December 22, 2018. At the time of writing this post, this government shutdown is the longest on record – and Friday, January 11, 2019 marks the first day federal workers will miss a paycheck since the shutdown started. We’re now all beginning to see the shutdown’s consequences on federal agencies, their employees and families, and the public they serve.
One agency impacted is the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), whose purpose is to protect America’s consumers from fraud and deceptive practices — including identity theft.
Where Do You Report a Stolen Identity?
The lack of federal funding due to the government shutdown has caused the FTC to freeze some of its most important services. During this period, consumers will not be able to file complaints or report their identity stolen, creating a backlog of victims who are at the mercy of their identity thieves and cybercriminals without access to support.
Timing is Everything: Get Vigilant
Tax season (January through April) is peak activity for scammers who aim to file fraudulent claims with the IRS and capture people’s refunds. And, tax identity theft is one of the most prevalent of all ID theft incidents.
Now more than ever it’s critical for consumers, business owners, and tax preparers to be vigilant about protecting personal and financial information.
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