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 - How to Cope

Identity Theft by Phishing * Identity Theft - How To Cope

Identity Theft - How to Cope With It   
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 have a considerable negative influence on my credit score and at the same time, creditors would be demanding payment for debts I have not incurred. What would I do if I become a victim of 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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What I Would Do if It Happens to Me
The moment I realize I am a victim of identity theft, I would act fast to try to minimize the damage:


Notify Credit Bureaus - I would immediately inform the fraud units of one of the three credit bureaus - Experian (formerly TRW), Texas (www.experian.com), Equifax, Atlanta (www.equifax.com), and TransUnion, California (www.transunion.com). On notifying one, they will automatically inform the other two. I would report that I am a victim of identity theft and that another person is using my identity information to obtain credit fraudulently in my name.

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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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Make a Crime Report - I would report the crime to my local police department. If the frauds have occurred in areas other than where I live, I would inform the police of those areas too. I would ensure the fraud accounts are listed in the police report, and keep a copy of this 'Identity Theft Report'.


Federal Trade Commission - I can report the fraud to the FTC on its online identity theft complaint form (www.consumer.gov/idtheft ). FTC shares all such information with investigators who are fighting identity theft nationwide.


I still need to sort out the problems of:


* New credit accounts opened by the impostor


* My existing credit/debit accounts


* Debt collectors, trying to collect fraudulent bills


There are many similar problems to sort out and cope with.


Do you know how scamsters use personal information for identity theft? Let me show you how, in the next article of this series.





Jon Sterling tries to help you overcome Identity Theft problems through informative articles to help you reach your personal financial goals.

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Identity Theft: The Perfect Victim - Your Child by Brenda Mohney

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Valuable Information for Identity Theft Victims by Tony Robinson

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

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The History of Identity Theft - Booming Technology, Booming Crime by

The early history of identity theft is closely allied with the history of the credit card. First appearing in American literature in the mid 1990s, identity theft's first targets were said to be consumers....

Online Billing: The Dangers of Identity Theft by Jeff Downs

The phrase "identity theft" causes a shiver to go up the spine and eyes to bug out with fear. True, identity theft happens today; however, not from the most commonly blamed source. In fact, identity theft...

Identity Theft Victims Persecuted by Tony Robinson

When a person becomes victim of identity theft the law, the thief, creditors and others often persecute them throughout the battle to restore their identity. Thus, in this article I am providing you legal...

Identity Theft Taking Over by Tony Robinson

Identity thieves are taking over millions of lives each year, and the studies are showing the law is making very little headway in stopping the crimes from occurring. Recently, studies have shown that...


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