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

Easy Ways To Protect From Identity Theft

Identity Theft by Phishing * Easy Ways To Protect From Identity Theft

Easy Ways To Protect Yourself From Identity Theft   
John Williams

It's no surprise that thousands of Americans are victimized by identity theft each year.

What are we actually doing to protect ourselves from identity theft?

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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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Many of us don't think about it and some may not even know what it is. The fact is it happens. Identity thieves victimize thousands of people each day. Causing havoc and destruction to all it seeks.

Last year over 9,000,000 people suffered devastation caused by identity theft; averaging over 45 billion dollars yearly.

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Twitter Becomes More Proactive About Phishing (CIO)
Twitter is finally being proactive about the large number of phishing scams that have plagued the micro-blogging service in the past year. On Wednesday, Twitter introduced its own anti-phishing service...
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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As modern technology advance and become more sophisticated; identity thieves advance and become more sophisticated. By taking advantage of expensive, yet adequate technologies and software, these introducers are able to become undetectable.

By the time the average person realizes they have become a victim of identity theft; it is too late. By this point, the victim financial stability and credit ranking may be impacted significantly.

The truth is that the number of victims is growing everyday and there is no absolute solution; however, there are simple steps that can be taken to limit your chances of becoming a victim.

* The most important step in guarding yourself from identity theft is to keep your confidential information confidential. Social Security Numbers, Credit Card Numbers, Bank Account Information or any other confidential information should never be given to unknown companies or unidentified individuals.

Never tell anyone your personal information over the phone or send it through email, nor fax. Most legitimate companies will not request this information from you via phone or any other unprotected source.

If you are an online consumer, always make sure that you have a secure connection with the online eCommerce site, before submitting your credit card information and other identifiable information. Irresponsible credit card usage is the most common way to fall victim of identity theft.

* Monitoring your credit report monthly is a great step in stopping introducers in their tracks. By keeping close tabs on your credit activity you may be able to prevent major damages to your credit and financial wealth.

* Important documents containing your confidential information should be kept in safe, unexposed places. Even in the privacy of your own home, documents with such content should not be exposed. You may opt to use P.O. Box or Private Mail Boxes to send private documents.

By following these steps you can lower your risk of becoming an identity theft victim. Being informed is the most valuable protection against identity theft.

Copyrights © 2005 John Williams

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