The on-going government shutdown has resulted in the suspension of various government services. Among those services impacted are particular branches of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) which handle identity theft complaints and similar issues. Consumers will not be able to report or notify the FTC of identity theft reports, scams, or fraud while the government is shut down. Past information is still available on the FTC’s website and social media channels, but it will not be updated to reflect new threats or policies that would impact consumers.
Small businesses may also be impacted during the shutdown by the delaying of license transfers, the processing of paperwork and applications, and other administrative necessities that must be completed in a timely manner in order to stay on track.
If you have any questions about what you can do to deal with potential identity theft or credit fraud, please contact us and we will be happy to offer assistance. You may also call a toll-free hotline provided by the nonprofit Identity Theft Resource Center (888-400-5530). The ITRC is a non-profit partner of the FTC and the IRC. We are also available to address any concerns you have regarding your small business.