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

Identity Theft Cases

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Identity Theft Cases - Thieves Don't Discriminate!   
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 cases) costs America over $52 billion ANNUALLY. Approximately 10 million Americans figure in identity theft cases each year.

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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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Following are identity theft cases involving both average and famous Americans – which goes to show that, in a democracy like America, thieves don't discriminate!

Identity Theft Cases: Florida woman gets license and bank account hijacked
A woman in Florida fell prey to identity theft when a female perpetrator used the woman's driver's license to withdraw $13,000 from the woman's bank account. And the damage didn't end there. The thief opened FIVE store credit accounts under the victim's name and ran up a bill of $4,000!

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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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Identity Theft Cases: Policyholders victimized
A man was recently sentenced to a prison term of 27 months for identity theft and fraud. Using bank account data from policyholders of an insurance company, he deposited counterfeit checks into his account. The total amount: a whopping $764,000!

Identity Theft Cases: California woman goes bankrupt without knowing why
A woman in California found herself bankrupt one day. It was discovered that another woman used the victim's Social Security Number to get credit running up to thousands of dollars. Then the thief filed for bankruptcy under her victim's name!

Even celebrities aren't exempt from starring in identity theft cases. In fact, being in the limelight (and being rich!) often sets them up as desirable targets for identity thieves.

Identity Theft Cases: Smith's the name
Just before New Year of 2006, a man was sentenced to prison for using actor-rapper Will Smith's identity to open 14 credit cards in stores around Pittsburgh. He ran up bills totaling $33,000 under the name Willard C. Smith, Smith's legal name.

But get this: At the time he was arrested for the Will Smith crime, he was on probation for another identity theft case, using the identity of another Smith – Steve Smith, ex-Atlanta pro-basketball player. Using an American Express credit card, the thief was able to go on an $81,000 shopping spree before police caught him!

Identity Theft Cases: Striking close to home
If you think identity thieves target only strangers, think again. In one of the most celebrated cases of an identity thief striking close to home, Ruben Studdard's ex-manager used the American Idol winner's credit cards and checks to amass cash and goods.

The singer's former handler wrote bogus checks totaling $150,000, used Studdard's credit cards to go shopping to the amount of $105,000, and even deposited $22,000 worth of stolen checks into his account!

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Report Identity Theft… But Whom Do I Call First? by Carl LaFresnaye

So you either suspect or know you've been targeted, where do you report identity theft? The first place you should call would be your bank, credit card company, or the store where you have a line of credit....

Identity Theft: It Can Happen to You! by Stephen Bucaro

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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,...

Reporting Identity Theft by Tony Robinson

Identity Theft is one of the leading crimes around the globe that is claiming the lives of millions each year. Every day a new victim finds them self fighting for their life back, while the law is moving...

Identity Theft : Fastest-growing Crime by Michael Sanford

Identity theft is quickly becoming one of the most prevalent forms of crime in the country, with approximately 10 million victims a year. Cases include impostors using someone's credit card number to make...

Internet Privacy a Growing Concern by J. Barbour

Lets face it, we look at stuff on the internet, in the privacy of our own homes that we would never look at in public. How often do you walk into your local bookstore and proudly by the latest Penthouse...

Identity Theft Statistics - Where Are You Most Vulnerable? by Carl LaFresnaye

If identity theft statistics tell us anything, it's that the more technology advances, the easier it becomes for identity thieves to wreak havoc. In California, for instance, the hotbed for counterfeiting...

Identitiy Theft Victim - 3 Things to Do ASAP by Carl LaFresnaye

Are you an identity theft victim? Maybe you suspect it's because you spend your entire life online. You shop, you bank, you watch movies, listen to music, catch the news, make your major life decisions...

Identity Theft Protection - Practical Ways to Stay Safe by Carl LaFresnaye

Sadly, many Americans only think of identity theft protection once they've been victimized. In the unfortunate tradition of closing the barn door after the horse has escaped, many of us install Firewalls,...

Rising Identity Theft Crimes by Tony Robinson

Each year identity theft is on the increase according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Since 2004, a shocking rate of eleven "million" have fallen victim of identity theft. At the same time, experts...


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