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 Thef It Won't Happen

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Identity Theft: It Won't Happen To Me.   
Daryl Campbell

"I got bad credit I'm not worried"

"It happened to a friend of a friend"
"I've got other priorities now"
"All it takes is guarding your Social Security number"
"I can trust the people around me"

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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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These quotes are all too common regarding identity theft. The problem is the Federal Trade Commission, various law enforcement agencies and identity theft experts have stated there are no 100% guarantees and the numbers for identity theft keep getting worse


"I got bad credit so I'm not worried"

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Symantec Reports Surge In Phishing Attacks (vnunet.com)
Shaun Nichols in San Francisco, V3.co.uk , Friday 12 March 2010 at 02:23:00 Localised attacks on the increase, says security giant February saw a dramatic rise in phishing attacks and the use of current...
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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Just recently KFLY TV in Lafayette Louisiana reported that 2 men were arrested for stealing the identity of 2500 people. Identity thieves don't run credit checks before they steal your identity. All they need to do damage is a little bit of your personal information


"It happened to a friend of a friend"


This one should really alert people. The reason ? Everybody now knows somebody who's been victimized. That alone tells you what an epidemic identity theft has become. Last year 10 million people had their identities stolen. Many experts think that number will double this year. They also fear the 10 million figure is too low. Why? Many victims don't report the crime.


"I've got other priorities now"


Once your identity is stolen there is only one priority: Getting it back. On average it can take 175 hours and out of pocket expenses totaling 15,000 dollars according to the FTC


"All it takes is guarding your Social Security number"


In February of this year Bank of America announced that 1.2 million federal employee credit card accounts may have been exposed to identity theft. In June, Visa and MasterCard announced that 40 million cardholders maybe at risk when the database of their third party processor was broken into. Many of these people no doubt guarded their Social Security number faithfully but thru no fault of their own they're now at risk.


"I can trust the people around me"


This one hits home and may hurts the worst. 50% of all identity thieves are known by the victim. Family members, friends and neighbors do more damage than total strangers.


There are other reasons people give. Yes it may never happen to you but identity theft is now a full blown epidemic that affects everyone.



Daryl Campbell is a writer and home business owner. What it took you years to build, Identity thieves can take and destroy within hours. Get the professionals on your side to watch your back 24/7. http://digbig.com/4fcpt

Index of Articles about Indentity Theft

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Identity Theft, Even After You Die by Gary Gresham

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Identity Theft: The New Technology Crime by Robert Ing, DSc, FAPSc, CPO

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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,...

Learning about Identity Theft by Tony Robinson

Learning about identity theft is one of the most important things you will do in your lifetime, since millions fall victim each year. If you have fallen victim of identity theft, the time to come to blows...

Identity Theft - Resources to Help You Once It Has Happened by Pamela Bruce

Identity theft could happen to anyone. Someone gets hold of important information, such as your name, credit card information and social security number and uses this to make online purchases or apply...

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...

Identity Theft Right Away by Tony Robinson

If you feel that your identity is stolen, inform the appropriate authorities immediately, including your bank, credit card issuers. The earlier you inform the credit card suppliers, banks, et cetera the...

Facts on Identity Theft by 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....

Under Which Type of Identity Theft Are You Most Vulnerable? by Carl LaFresnaye

No mater the type of identity theft, the object of the thief will always be to impersonate you by using your personal data and identifying documents to steal your money and resources, leaving you with...

Commercial Identity Theft - Where Thieves Are Likely to Strike by Carl LaFresnaye

Commercial identity theft can refer to any of three things. It can involve the thief accessing a firm's credit account. It can also mean the identity thief targeting all the employees in an organization....

Identity Theft: The road back by Daryl Campbell

A couple of weeks ago, a friend of mine mentioned that one of his co-workers recently recovered his stolen identity. I asked how long the process took. "Only two years" he replied. Compared to the six...

Identity Theft Insurance - Should You Get One? by Carl LaFresnaye

Despite the recent drop in cases of identity theft and fraud among adult Americans (from over 10 million in 2003 to 9 million for 2006), a significant market still exists for identity theft insurance....


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