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

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Identity Theft Protection - Practical Ways to Stay Safe   
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, Antivirus software, and monitor our credit card transactions only after having lost tens (or hundreds!) of thousands of dollars and spending countless hours clearing our tarnished credit record and reputation. NOW, we're interested in identity theft protection!

If you are one of the intelligent few that is genuinely interested in identity theft protection issues after having been alerted by the many horror stories associated with ID theft, then read on.

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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 protection: Carry only the ID you need Identity theft protection is most effective as a preventive measure. For instance, you need not carry every credit card and identification you own all the time.

If you aren't driving, leave your license in a secure place at home. If you aren't planning to transact any business that will require your Social Security card, then don't bring it.

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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...

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If you have an old utility bill somewhere in your bag, or a piece of paper, postcard, or envelope that happens to have your personal data, don't just leave it there. It's unlikely that you will even notice it's missing, so shred it and throw it away.

Identity theft protection: Dispose of ID properly There is no earthly reason for you to be cramming old, expired credit cards into your wallet, or leaving them in old wallets laying around your house. Cut them up and throw the pieces in separate bins or dispose of them separately.

If you have a credit card you hardly ever use, or maintain inactive bank accounts, close the accounts. Thieves may just use it and you will be none the wiser until it's too late.

Identity theft protection: Keep your PIN away from the card Okay, so you chose a PIN that's impossible to guess. The problem is, you have a hard time remembering it. So you write it on a piece of paper and keep it next to the card? If you do this, you're just asking to be victimized.

Studies show that in a significant number of identity theft cases involving ATM cards, the victims wrote their PINs either on a piece of paper kept with the card or on the card itself.

Identity theft protection: Exercise your right to privacy Finally, identity theft protection is 90% knowing how you are vulnerable. Banks have different privacy policies. Ask your bank under what scenarios they would make your account info available to someone else. You have the right to know just how your data is used and can refuse it.

Ask them if they periodically make new product offers through e-mail, or if they give your contact info to an allied organization. If you don't want to receive product offer by e-mail or via the phone, let them know.

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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...

Identity Theft: Stop It Now! by Matthew Keegan

You may be a victim of identity theft and not even know it. Thieves may have secured important information about you and are using it without you knowing what they are doing. By the time you discover their...

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 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...

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....

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...

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....

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...

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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