If you hadn't heard, October 17 - 23, 2010 is National Protect Your Identity Week (NPYIW). About 10 million consumers were victims of identity theft and fraud last year. And the problem isn't going away anytime soon.
The ProtectYourIDNow site contains events for consumers by state. I visited the website to see the types of events available. Most of the events are sponsored by local organizations and governments, and many events are access to portable shredding resources for consumers who don't have at-home shredding machines. Other events include workshops about how to avoid scams, or tips about credit scores and credit reports. Many of the events are free. I encourage readers to find a NPYIW event near you.
The NPYIW website includes informative videos, and an online quiz to test your knowledge about identity theft and fraud. Sponsors of NPYIW include the Better Business Bureau, the National Foundation for Credit Coounseling, the Consumer Federation of America, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), myFICO, the Identity Theft Resource Center, the National Crime Prevention Council, the National Council of La Raza, the Credit Union National Association, and many others.