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 Fact

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Identity Theft Fact - 10 Things to Guide You   
Carl LaFresnaye

The most pressing identity theft fact today is that Americans have become more vulnerable than ever before to all types of identity fraud and theft.

As we manage more of our lives online and transact more business (and even socialize) over the Internet, we become more vulnerable. But even when we don't, we can't get away from it due to this identity theft fact:

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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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Living in the information age with the rapid growth of technology all around us simply makes us more vulnerable.

The government has set up many hotlines and other bureaucratic tools to deal with the mushrooming crime of identity theft. But just like corporate America can't seem to catch up with the security implications of identity theft, so can't the government seem to legislate fast enough to deal with the problem.

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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...
Gone Phishing: Jam Band Gets Closer To Coming To Town (Telluride Daily Planet)
It seems like Phish could happen. Yesterday in a special meeting, the Telluride Parks and Recreation Commission gave the nod to promoters hoping to use Town Park for two nights in August to host the iconic...

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Here are some interesting, if scary, facts to keep you on your guard and guide you.

Identity Theft Fact #1
Half the number of identity theft victims has no idea how their data was stolen.

Identity Theft Fact #2
A fourth of the victims said they only found out about suspicious movements in their accounts when their banks or credit card companies told them about it.

Identity Theft Fact #3
Less than 10% of victims said they only learned identity thieves targeted them when they were rejected when applying for credit.

Identity Theft Fact #4
Victims today discover identity theft earlier – but it takes longer to erase the bad marks from their credit records than ever before! (Average time to fix the problem = 600 hours, a three-hundred-percent increase from former figures!)

Identity Theft Fact #5
15% of identity theft victims say their data was used by thieves for non-financial matters, such as to get documents or forms from the government.

Identity Theft Fact #6
67% of all victims (that's 6.7 million Americans) say the thieves used their existing credit accounts, rather than opening new ones.

Identity Theft Fact #7
A fifth of all identity theft victims say thieves used their savings or checking accounts.

Identity Theft Fact #8
4% of all victims say that thieves got their personal data by simply stealing their mail!

Identity Theft Fact #9
The emotional effect on victims of identity theft equals that of those individuals who are victims of violence.

Identity Theft Fact #10
The attitude of the parties a victim of identity theft has to deal with lacks sensitivity. The situation hasn't improved since the first research was conducted around year 2000.

Index of Articles about Indentity Theft

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Identity Theft by Sara Chambers

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Identity Theft Tips by Tony Robinson

Identity theft is an ongoing crime, that in the year of 2004 alone more than eleven million victims lost their identity. Now that we are in recession, the world is in chaos more so than ever and many people...

Have You Heard a Famous Identity Theft Story Lately? by Carl LaFresnaye

An identity theft story can involve ANYONE. If you think that only unsuspecting housewives, too harassed by the many chores they have to get done with children in tow, would fall prey to identity thieves...

Identity Theft - How to Cope With It by Jon Sterling

I receive a demand for overdue payments on a credit card I never had. What does it mean? It could mean identity theft. Someone somewhere has been using my identity to run up bills. Identity theft would...

Identity Theft Resource - Top 5 Public & Private Websites by Carl LaFresnaye

The United States government and consumer organizations have compiled some of the best identity theft resource materials around. Many of them are available as virtual handbooks in PDF format at these three...

Identity Theft Solution - A Three-Way Street by Carl LaFresnaye

An effective identity theft solution can't only be the work of a single entity. You can take all the precautions necessary, for example, but if your bank does not set up a proactive identity theft solution,...

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...

The Business of Identity Theft by Tim Knox

Q: I use PayPal to accept credit cards for my online collectibles business. I recently received an email that my PayPal account was going to expire in five days if I didn't click a link in the email and...

How to Respond After Identity Theft Occurs by Gary E. Cain

Identity theft has become one of the most frequently reported crimes. But, maybe you are asking yourself: What is identity theft? I am glad you asked.Identity theft is the wrongful use of your name, birth...

Definition of Identity Theft - The Fastest Growing White-collar Crime in America by 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...


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