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According to a 2017 Identity Fraud Study released by Javelin Strategy & Research, $16 billion was stolen from 15.4 million U.S. consumers in 2016.

It seems like an almost daily occurrence that we hear about another breach and identify theft in the news.  The need to protect yourself from fraud, identity theft and scams is more important now than ever before. So what can you do?

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and fellow agencies have dedicated the week of March 4th as National Consumer Protection Week. During the week the FTC will provide numerous resources to help consumers understand how to make informed decisions, what their rights are, and the steps to take if they come across any fraudulent activity.

Visit the FTC website to get more information about National Consumer Protection Week. Learn how to get free consumer education materials and read the latest from consumer protection experts.

Here is a short video on 5 ways to protect yourself.

While National Consumer Protection week focuses on this issue, it is important that you continually stay aware year-round and know how to protect yourself.