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

Facts on Identity Theft

Identity Theft by Phishing * Facts On Identity Theft

Facts on Identity Theft   
Tony Robinson

Identity thieves work overtime to get someone's identity. When a person loses their wallets or purses where information is often stored, the wrong hands can find the belongings and use it to their advantage. People often store credit/debit cards, checks, policies, social security cards, and other important information in their purses or wallets. Thus, when a person loses their wallets or purses there is no guarantee that someone will take possession of the materials inside and utilize them to open accounts, apply for credit, file bankruptcy, commit additional crimes, or cover a crime in your name.


Thus, the first step anyone should take when loss occurs is to contact the police, followed by contacting the Federal Trade Commission Identity Theft Clearinghouse. It is important to contact your bank, credit card providers, policyholders and anyone extending you credit, reporting the loss. Even if you are not a victim of identity theft, your possessions are lost, thus you are at high-risk. Close any bank accounts, and apply for new credit cards and/or debit cards immediately.

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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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To be aware of identity theft we must first conclude its classification and what occurs when your identity is stolen. Identity theft means that an unconstitutional human being has taken personal information and beings using the information for self-seeking reasons. Identity theft means the person responsible for the crime is out for his or her own gain.


Identity thief's addresses of individuals and use the information to get hold of other information. Identity thieves can learn your mother's maiden name and use it to gather additional information from companies. Any slice of information the thief gains puts him or her in control to a degree, since the information can be utilized to expand.

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Twitter Becomes More Proactive About Phishing (PC World Via Yahoo! News)
Twitter is finally being proactive about the large number of phishing scams that have plagued the micro-blogging service in the past year.
Twitter Becomes More Proactive About Phishing (Network World)
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...

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Let me give you an example of how an identity thief operates. A company extending you services has your valuable information, thus the thief calls into the provider and says, "Hi, my name is ...I've lost my wallet or purse and need my personal information to proceed in reporting the crime." This is one example, however many types of statements or requests may be made to gain access to information. Thus, the company unwittingly may give out the information, believing it is you, since the thief was able to give out few pieces of your information.


Once your information is stolen and/or lost, you are at a high-risk of suffering. Thus, when you fall into the hands of identity thieves the thief has motive and you are often accused of his crime. It can take weeks, months, or even years to resolve identity theft crimes, thus protecting your self is the only solution to preventing identity theft.


Still, protecting your self is never enough, since we are all imperfect human beings capable of making mistakes. Thus, protect your purse and wallet, by knowing where it is at all times. Only place the information in your wallet or purse that you frequently use and remember your social security number so that you can hide the card in a safe area.


Tips for remembering numbers
Remembering your personal information is often better than carrying your information around holding the potential of loss. Thus, to remember numbers think of something that you can associate the number with and recite and repeat the number daily.


If you have your information stored in your head, you have less risks of losing your personal information. In other words, if you are carrying a purse or wallet with only unimportant valuables when you lose it what will it matter? Of course, we must carry out driver license with us at all times, and credit/debit cards, thus remembering the numbers could help, but it won't matter since we have to use them often.


I recommend storing your information in your glove box instead of your purse or wallet and locking the compartment, only removing the information when you intend to go inside a building or stay at home. This is a recommendation if you have a habit of losing things. Thus, women should carry their purse with the straps around their neck and shoulders to prevent loss. Remember, identity thieves work overtime.


Tony Robinson is an International Author, Webmaster and Security Guru.
Check out his Identity Theft Protection Tips at http://www.officialidentitytheft.com/

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