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 Prevention Tip

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Identity Theft Prevention Tip - Stop the Thief in His Tracks!   
Carl LaFresnaye

Perhaps the most practical identity theft prevention tip is discovering just where your lifestyle and habits are most vulnerable to attacks.

If you can stop a thief in his tracks, it will save you loads of time and money trying to deal with the damage later. Following is an identity theft prevention tip list to get you started.

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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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Identity Theft Prevention Tip #1: Have Credit, Will Shop! Did you know that it's just asking for trouble to use a debit card when shopping on the Internet? Yes, credit cards are often figure in identity theft horror stories, but they still offer better protection from thieves than the alternative (e.g. checks or debit cards).

Not only will you be able to monitor charges, under the federal law governing credit cards, you can also dispute the charges on your bill. And you don't have to be liable if you've been victimized.

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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.
Twitter To Screen Links For Phishing Scams (TechWorld)
Twitter to shorten URLs sent through the service to twt.tl Twitter launched a new link-screening service on Tuesday aimed at preventing phishing and other malicious attacks against users of the popular...

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So take this identity theft prevention tip to heart: Using a check or debit card will just leave you open to bank fraud. It gives the thief the opportunity to empty out your bank account before you even realize what hit you.

Identity Theft Prevention Tip #2: Don't Write It Down! No matter what the teller or credit officer says, do not write down your credit card number on your check. The practice violates the law in lots of states because it opens you up to fraud.

In California, for example, the practice violates Civil Code Section 1725. Check your state government or state legislature websites for details.

Identity Theft Prevention Tip #3: Pick Up the Receipt! You may be too harassed or laden with purchases to want to bother picking up you credit card receipts. But leaving them where a wily thief can get them leaves you open to attack.

And if you're in the habit of picking them up but then tossing them in the nearest trash bin, you'd better change this unwise habit as well. Dumpster diving is a common practice of identity thieves.

Also, here's another identity theft prevention tip: The safest place for your receipt is your wallet, NOT your shopping bag! Shoppers are constantly at risk of having their purchases grabbed away from them. So beware.

Identity Theft Prevention Tip #4: Watch for Skimmers! For a final identity theft prevention tip, keep your credit card in sight. Here's why: A dishonest store or restaurant employee can use a skimmer (a small handheld gadget to swipe a card to get the account info) on your credit card's magnetic stripe.

They downloaded into a PC and used for online shopping or to make credit card counterfeits. So stop a thief in his tracks by following the store clerk or getting up from the table to observe how your card is used. The minor inconvenience can save you a world of trouble and regret.

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Reporting Identity Theft by Tony Robinson

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

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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,...

Identity Theft, Even After You Die by Gary Gresham

Believe it or not identity theft has moved to the dead. It is compounding more and more family's grief because con artists are digging up identities of the deceased. The identity of someone who has died...


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