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 Law

Identity Theft by Phishing * Identity Theft Law

Identity Theft Law - Protect Yourself from Thieves by Exercising Your Rights   
Carl LaFresnaye

Over the past few years, each new identity theft law seeks to protect consumers and businesses from what statistics show to be one of the fastest growing crimes in America today.

Know your rights and what kind of protection the government gives you by these two examples (one state law, the other federal) of US identity theft law.

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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.


Identity Theft Law - State Credit Freeze

Did you know that half the states in America today allow you to freeze your credit report? What can this do? Well, it can stop an identity thief from taking out a credit card under your name.

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Twitter Becomes More Proactive About Phishing (PC World)
Social networking site's anti-phishing service will focus on Twitter direct messages (DMs) -- private tweets addressed to a specific user -- and corresponding e-mail notifications.
Twitter To Screen Links For Phishing Scams (TechWorld)
Twitter to shorten URLs sent through the service to Twitter launched a new link-screening service on Tuesday aimed at preventing phishing and other malicious attacks against users of the popular...


If your credit report is frozen, three things happen:

1. A credit card company cannot access your files. 2. The company can't perform a credit check. 3. The credit card issuer can't give you a credit rating or score.

This means, no new credit card. Under this identity theft law, the only way to unfreeze your credit report is for you to use your PIN to allow access to your files.

You can exercise your right to a credit freeze by simply requesting it. If you've been a victim of identity theft, there's no charge. If not, there's a small fee – which you're definitely better off paying to avail yourself of the benefits of this identity theft law, rather than facing the consequences if you don't.

Credit freeze laws are already in force in the following states.
* California
* Colorado
* Connecticut
* Delaware
* Florida
* Hawaii
* Illinois
* Kansas
* Kentucky
* Louisiana
* Minnesota
* Nevada
* New Hampshire
* New Jersey
* North Carolina
* New York
* Oklahoma
* Pennsylvania
* Rhode Island
* South Dakota
* Texas
* Vermont
* Washington
* Wisconsin

Credit freeze will be available in Utah starting September 2008.

Identity Theft Law - ID Theft & Assumption Deterrence Act of 1998

This is the legislation that outlawed the new crime of identity theft. This cornerstone identity theft law outlaws:

The use or transfer, without having any legal authority, any means of identifying another individual to abet an illegal act that violates local, state, and/or federal laws.

The penalties under this identity theft law are: * 15 years in prison, maximum
* A fine
* And property used or meant to aid the crime will be forfeited

PLUS, the thief may also incure penalties (some sentences are up to 30 years, plus fines, etc.) under EACH of the following federal fraud laws that may have also been violated:
* Computer
* Credit Card
* Financial Institution
* Identification
* Mail
* Wire

Index of Articles about Indentity Theft

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

Identity Theft in the Western World has increased dramatically since the beginning of the millennium and has replaced credit card fraud as the new number one technology crime. What It Is. Identity...

Identity Theft Alerts by Tony Robinson

If you fall into the hands of an identity, theft it is important to continuing monitor your credit reports and any financial statements throughout the legal process. You will need to check your reports...

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

Many of us work hard to protect our identities, but fail to think about protecting the identities of our children. The fact that they are underage gives us the impression that children's identities are...

Consumer Beware... Identity Theft Tools & Techniques by Elizabeth Ward

The Tools Used In Identity TheftIdentity theft is very quickly becoming the crime of choice for thousands of criminals worldwide. With online Internet access to just about any kind of database you want...

How to Repair Your Credit if You Are the Victim of Identity Theft by John Campbell

If youre ever a victim of identity theft you will need to take immediate action to repair the damage done. Depending on how long someone may have stolen your identity, the damage could be more extensive...

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....

Medical Identity Theft - When the Damage Involves More Than Money… by Carl LaFresnaye

Medical identity theft costs the American insurance industry as much as $180 billion annually. The reason for this is that transactions are increasingly depending on the Internet to expedite processes,...

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....

Identity Theft Shield by Mark Freink

We live in an information-oriented society. Technology allows us to do business and make transactions literally in a matter of seconds. This abundance of information has given rise to a new crime - identity...

Identity Theft Fact - 10 Things to Guide You by 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...

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