There's no surefire way to protect yourself from identity theft, but there are steps you can take to minimize the risk of becoming a victim. That is the message of a nationwide education program recently launched by the Federal Trade Commission: "AvoID Theft: Deter, Detect, Defend."
* Deter: Take steps to reduce your risk of ID theft
* Detect: Monitor your personal information
* Defend: Act quickly when you suspect identity theft
Nat Wood will discuss these steps and how you can make presentations to your community about identity theft using the FTC's ID Theft Consumer Education Kit. The kit includes a how-to guide for talking about identity theft, an easily reproduced pamphlet, a PowerPoint presentation, and a 10-minute video with tips from the FTC.