Identity Theft by Phishing
Stealing Your Life: The Ultimate Identity Theft Prevention Plan
by Frank W. Abagnale

Stealing Your Life is more frightening than a gory murder mystery. Any one of us, from cradle to grave, is vulnerable to a swindle that can wreck us emotionally, cost us serious money, ruin our credit ratings, and take us years to straighten out. Identity theft is here to stay, and as long as legislators, businesses, law enforcement agencies, and individuals fail to take it seriously, the number of victims will continue to climb.

For thirty-two years, the author has been a law-abiding citizen; his criminal past, famously recounted in the book and film "Catch Me If You Can," is a distant memory. However, he knows how crooks think, and this knowledge has led to a lucrative career as a consultant for the FBI and corporations all over the world in preventing frauds and scams. Abagnale is horrified at how easy and tempting identity theft is for the budding criminal. He calls it "a crook's dream come true."

     

Identity Theft by Phishing

Definition of Identity Theft

Identity Theft by Phishing * Definition Of Identity Theft

Definition of Identity Theft - The Fastest Growing White-collar Crime in America   
Carl LaFresnaye

That is what identity theft is, according to the FBI. But simplest definition of identity theft is when someone steals your name and personal data to commit fraud, often for financial gain. The most common cases have to do with credit card fraud; when someone uses your credit card or credit card info to make purchases from a store or online. But the definition of identity theft is not restricted to one-to-one fraud.

On a bigger scale, the definition of identity theft includes cases where a person with access to loads of personal data sells an entire database to a person (sometimes a syndicate) who will turn the data into fraudulent gain. This can mean credit card fraud on a large scale, where many people are victimized.

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Bogus Tweet Fears Dog AFL (Herald Sun)
PLAYERS have been urged to report fake Twitter accounts as internet identity theft continues to dog the AFL.

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Definition of Identity Theft - A Federal Crime

The definition of identity theft classifies it as a type of identity crime, where a person assumes a false identity to perform an illegal activity.

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Symantec Reports Surge In Phishing Attacks (V3.co.uk Via Yahoo! UK & Ireland News)
February saw a dramatic rise in phishing attacks and the use of current events to persuade unsuspecting web users to download malware, according to the latest monthly spam report from Symantec.

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In the first case, when a person steals your credit card or info to make fraudulent purchases, he is liable for the crime. In the case of mass credit card fraud, both the person who sold the database and the person/s who used it for fraud are criminally liable.

In fact, by the definition of identity theft under US law, all individuals in the identity theft chain – whether they are only hackers or middlemen who, although benefiting financially or materially, know nothing about what the data will be used for – are liable under federal law.

The definition of identity theft has made it, historically, a federal crime. This is why the FBI had jurisdiction over it and why the FTC is also involved in data gathering. The Trade Commission focuses on tracking statistics on incidence and dollar loss for consumer-related crimes, like credit card fraud.

The definition of identity theft is, of course, not restricted to credit card fraud or similar consumer crimes. It also includes:
- Stealing Social Security Numbers
- Stealing/using another person's bank checks
- Using another's identification documents for acts of espionage or terrorism

Using false identification papers for immigration purposes may also fall under the definition of identity theft – even if no person exists under the assumed name. Charges and penalties may or may not be consolidated into a single crime under the Illegal Immigration Act.

Definition of Identity Theft - An Oxymoron

It goes without saying that no one can really steal your identity. But they can, however, steal your identification papers or use your means of identification illegally.

This issue of semantics has led the US Congress to enact the Identity Theft Assumption and Deterrence Act of 2003. Aside from the illegal possession of identification papers, it is now illegal to possess the “means of identification” as well.

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Credit Identity Theft - Cards Are Still Safer, But… by Carl LaFresnaye

Credit identity theft can be done in either of two ways: through a credit card or a credit line or account. An identity thief may counterfeit your card, or use your account number at a vendor website,...

Consumer Beware... Identity Theft Tools & Techniques by Elizabeth Ward

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Commercial Identity Theft - Where Thieves Are Likely to Strike by Carl LaFresnaye

Commercial identity theft can refer to any of three things. It can involve the thief accessing a firm's credit account. It can also mean the identity thief targeting all the employees in an organization....

Identity Theft Cases - Thieves Don't Discriminate! by Carl LaFresnaye

The identity theft cases reported by the US media in recent years just goes to show how vulnerable Americans are to this rapidly growing, white-collar crime. Identity fraud (which includes identity theft...

Under Which Type of Identity Theft Are You Most Vulnerable? by Carl LaFresnaye

No mater the type of identity theft, the object of the thief will always be to impersonate you by using your personal data and identifying documents to steal your money and resources, leaving you with...

Protect Yourself from Identity Theft by Scottie Hawksworth

Millions of Americans use credit cards, take out money from savings and checking accounts, write checks, and open new bank accounts everyday. By completing these everyday tasks, many Americans put themselves...

Stop Identity Theft by Tony Robinson

Reading articles on identity theft may not sound appealing to you, but if you think that you are not subject to becoming the next target then you are fooling your self and setting your self up as an easy...

Identity Theft Safety First by Tony Robinson

To avoid becoming the next victim of identity theft you must place safety first. Identity theft is one of the leading crimes today that is claiming the control of millions of people and costing us a fortune...


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