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 - Red Flags That May Indicate You're a Victim   
Debbie Pettitt

You've heard the "buzz" about identity theft, but what exactly is identity

According to Wikipedia, identity theft (or identity fraud) is the deliberate assumption of another person's identity, usually to gain access to their finances or frame them for a crime.

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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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"Dumpster diving" (someone going through your trash), "shoulder surfing" (someone watching from a nearby location as you punch in your credit card number or ATM PIN # or eavesdropping as you give your personal information over the phone) and "phishing" (someone sending an email that appears to be from a legitimate business) are only a few ways of obtaining your personal information.


Once they have obtained your personal information, identity thieves often change the address on your bills, keeping you unaware that your identity has been stolen unless you are aware of when your bills normally arrive in the mail, keep track of what you charge and check your credit reports annually.

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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.
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...

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Here are several red flags that indicate you may be a victim of identity theft:


1. You check your credit reports annually and find there are new charge cards showing with companies you don't know.


2. You receive a bill for a credit card account you didn't open.


3. You notice charges on your credit card statement you did not authorize.


4. You haven't received your bills or credit card statements when they normally arrive.


5. Your bank statements show unauthorized transfers or withdrawals.


6. You receive a call from a collection agency about an account you never opened.


7. You receive calls from businesses about merchandise you didn't buy.


8. You're denied credit because debts show up on your credit reports that don't belong to you.


If you notice any of these red flags, don't panic - there may be a logical explanation. But DO follow up on it right away. If it appears you may be a victim of identity theft, go to http://understandingidentitytheft.com/articles/article-67.html for a list of steps you should take immediately to rectify the situation.


About the Author
Debbie Pettitt is the webmaster of two web sites designed to provide you the latest news and information on identity theft and credit scores. For further information on identity theft, visit http://understandingidentitytheft.com. For information on how to check and/or correct your credit score, go to http://yourcreditscoreranking.com

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Strategies To Protect Yourself Against Identity Theft by Scott Soloff

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Identity Theft Protection - Practical Ways to Stay Safe by Carl LaFresnaye

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