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National Program to Directly Assist Victims of Identity Theft and Financial Fraud (Identity Theft Resource Center)

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $500,000)

The purpose of the FY2007 National Program to Directly Assist Victims of Identity Theft and Financial Fraud is to provide support to programs that provide assistance to victims of identity theft and financial fraud nationwide, to encourage expansion of existing services to reach this often underserved population, and to strengthen the ability of local law enforcement agencies and victim service providers to assist these victims.

The Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) proposes to continue to provide and expand services to victim of identity theft nationwide. The strategic goals/objectives for ITRC are to:

1. Expand victim advisor hours and availability to victims of staff who can provide direct victim assistance services to victims of identity theft and financial fraud.
2. Expand hours of operation to cover early morning hours for nation wide coverage.
3. Increase number of community outreach events and consumer education, including colleges and universities.
4. Update and create new informational guides to be published on the ITRC website and provided to victims at no charge.
5. Expand the implementation of the youth education program.
6. Train personnel at civic agencies and law enforcement to minimize victim impact.
7. Create, deploy, analyze, and publish 'Identity Theft, The Aftermath 2007/ 2008.'
8. Update the website (www.idtheftcenter.org) to reflect changes in crime trends and to educate victims, update website for user friendliness, add streaming video, continue adding Fact Sheets and Solutions to our Spanish content.
9. Train ITRC victim advisors on organizational protocols as necessary.

ITRC's call center and comprehensive website allows anyone in the nation access to the most up-to-date information on identity theft in English or Spanish.


Date Created: September 26, 2007