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Entre los desafíos que ha planteado el COVID-19 se incluye un mayor riesgo de robo de identidad. En 2020, la FTC recibió alrededor de 1.4 millones de reportes de robo de identidad, lo cual duplica la cantidad de reportes recibidos en 2019. Los ladrones de identidad apuntaron reiteradamente contra los fondos del gobierno asignados para ayudar a la gente que sufrió serias consecuencias financieras como resultado de la pandemia. Súmate a la Semana de Concientización sobre el Robo de Identidad que se llevará a cabo del 1 al 5 de febrero. Aprende cómo protegerte del robo de identidad y cómo recuperarte si te sucede.

La FTC y sus colegas patrocinarán una serie de eventos gratuitos. Entre ellos, un seminario web con el Centro de Recursos para víctimas del Robo de Identidad (ITRC) y un evento en Facebook Live con expertos de AARP Fraud Watch Network y de la FTC que responderán las preguntas del público. Para más información, visita ftc.gov/semanarobodeidentidad.

El mayor incremento de los reportes de robo de identidad de 2020 se relaciona con la caída del empleo en todo el país. Después de que el gobierno expandiera los beneficios de desempleo para la gente que quedó sin trabajo debido a la pandemia, los ciber-delincuentes presentaron reclamaciones de desempleo usando la información personal de otras personas. En 2020, recibimos 394,280 reportes sobre fraudes con beneficios del gobierno que, con abrumadora mayoría, se relacionaban con el robo de beneficios de desempleo. Compara esa cifra con los 12,900 reportes de 2019.

La gente también reportó un tipo de robo de identidad perpetrado por delincuentes que usaron la información de sus negocios para obtener dinero de programas de préstamos para pequeños negocios patrocinados por el gobierno. En términos comparativos, el año pasado tuvimos 99,650 reportes de fraudes que involucraban préstamos personales o para negocios, contra 43,920 reportes en 2019. No todos los reportes nuevos estaban relacionados con el esfuerzo de asistencia del gobierno, pero representaban una gran parte del incremento.

La gente nos informó sobre casos de robo de identidad que involucraban sus pagos de estímulo del gobierno federal otorgados por el IRS reportándolos como casos de robo de identidad relacionado con impuestos. En 2020, la FTC recibió 89,390 reportes de robo de identidad relacionado con impuestos, en comparación con 27,450 reportes recibidos en 2019. Aunque muchos de los reportes correspondían a otros tipos de robo de identidad relacionado con impuestos, la cantidad de casos comenzó a aumentar cuando empezó la distribución de pagos de estímulo.

Para más información sobre el robo de identidad durante la pandemia, súmate a la Semana de Concientización sobre Robo de Identidad.

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15 Comments

Francisco (no verificado)
February 02, 2021
En el dia de hoy, FEbrero 2 de 2021 he recibido tres llamadas con voces de maquinas diferentes , en las que me dicen que por algunas inconsistencias encontradas en mi Social Security, mi numero ha sido "suspendido" temporalmente, y que por favor marque el numero 1 para mas informacion. Obviuamente no he marcado el #1 pues se que del S.S. nunca llaman para estas cosas. Los 3 numeros de telefono de donde recibi los mensajes son: 7863519540, 7863439739 y 7863894730. Gracias por su atenciony por tan excelente y trabajo, protegiendonos a todos.
JC (no verificado)
February 01, 2021
I have been receiving text messages that my Netflix account has been locked due to declined card. I notified Netflix & they confirmed that I have been in good standing and emphasized not to respond to these phishing messages using my phone number...received one again this morning on February 1st, 2021...BEWARE of the criminal minds out there..
bjmpacKW (no verificado)
February 01, 2021
Most helpful email I've received from FTC about these issues. I was never informed that there is reporting with the FTC for unemployment fraud. I have experienced this recently, with someone using my address and SSN to apply for FL unemployment. It was a very difficult process to find and report to FL State that someone was fraudulently using my info to apply for benefits. I have never received any follow up from the State of FL after I was pre-emptively disconnected on that call. I reported this event to my credit monitoring program. I have a good idea who was involved in false attempt for unemployment since I was the victim of a theft that included my ID info less then a year before with a police report and case on gile. Will fill out your reporting form. Thank you.
Enuku (no verificado)
February 01, 2021
I dealt with ID theft 3 years ago late June through work. Now my husband dealing with it. What a mess! I froze the accounts with the credit score companies. He's reluctant to do that.
Sherrie B (no verificado)
February 01, 2021
Thank you for your update
sirjohn2020 (no verificado)
February 01, 2021
Its horrible but these folks at the FTC are working hard for us people out there that are struggling to make ends meet these days.
Rweiss4159 (no verificado)
February 03, 2021
I am an ID theft victim. The FTC was very helpful. My unemployment benefits were stolen last may, experian found my info on the dark web being sold...a SBA loan was taken. I'm losing my mind. Tonight my dog had seizures for 30 min. I could only hold him and pray and cry. Protect your info. Monitor your credit. This is real!!!
FG (no verificado)
February 03, 2021
I am one of those victims of tax fraud identity theft. Worst experience of my life still going through it and IRS has not resolved been since last April, I do know they've been "in and out of the office" due to covid. What a year for fraudsters look at the statistics they posted. I do not wish this on anyone. Safe guard your info I've been informed several times of breach, Experian, Equifax, T-Mobile x 2, Community College all years ago and they knew when to strike. Bad deal!
sas (no verificado)
February 03, 2021
I wonder what the government itself is doing to improve their end in providing a secure process for the legitimate people to access funds. If the thief already has our information, it makes it harder to secure, but maybe putting in additional step / questioning, two factor authentication, etc. will deter them.
Blackpearl (no verificado)
February 05, 2021
I recently found out that someone is using my ID number to register on Hollywood bet, now I am worried to what else is happening out there with my ID number. this can lead to me having a bad record without my knowledge.
Bizzyfolk (no verificado)
February 06, 2021
Had an identy theft of over $1700. in 2017 what if anything can be done about it now ??? It was a third party type thing from company stolen checks, all the tracings I tried to do went back to a doctor in Florida....I've kept paperwork I had at the time
Stupidity (no verificado)
February 06, 2021
I have been contacted by an Alice Martines concerning government grant i was eligible for. Unfortunately I filled out the application and put all my personal information there and it turns out this is a scammer.
Tony (no verificado)
February 17, 2021
Veteran Solutions targeting people and stealing veterans information. Online and mail fraud alert.
Patricia Riddl… (no verificado)
February 19, 2021
Raymond Salsedo is on line in chat skimming, tell older people you have won just send 300$ and you will get your money.he got my ID Info, I had to call credit union no him.another name is Arlene Grassley.there r more older people who work with him I have not given him the money so he keeps bugging me I will never Gigi him any money he will have to still it from me.But I have called every credit Bureau.
Squido W Cash (no verificado)
February 28, 2021
I would really want to know what the government is doing to catch these criminals. With millions of cases of ID theft per year going on, how many cases are being prosecuted per year.? Who is even in charge of enforcing the law? If this is such an easy crime to get away with, it surely will increase more and more. Maybe if they quit worrying about people smoking pot, they could concentrate on catching some real lawbreakers.