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 Resource

Identity Theft by Phishing * Identity Theft Resource

Identity Theft Resource - Top 5 Public & Private Websites   
Carl LaFresnaye

The United States government and consumer organizations have compiled some of the best identity theft resource materials around.

Many of them are available as virtual handbooks in PDF format at these three federal and two nonprofit consumer identity theft resource websites.

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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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1. The Federal Trade Commission http://www.consumer.gov/idtheft/

2. The Social Security Agency http://www.ssa.gov/pubs/idtheft.htm

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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...
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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3. The Department of the Treasury http://www.ustreas.gov/offices/domestic-finance/financial-institution/cip/identity-theft.shtml

4. Privacy Rights Clearinghouse http://www.privacyrights.org/identity.htm

5. Identity Theft Resource Center http://www.idtheftcenter.org/

Identity Theft Resource - What They Tell You

According to the US Treasury, identity theft attacks the confidence Americans share in their open yet strong financial systems. That's why consumers, along with industry and government, have prepared many identity theft resource materials along a wide variety of matters, including:

- How to prevent identity theft from happening to you
- Common modus operandi of identity thieves
- Signs that you've been targeted or victimized
- What numbers to call
- What your rights are
- Federal and state laws on identity theft

Identity Theft Resource -Taking Control

One of the first things you will learn from reading identity theft resource materials is that you have more control than you realize. Identity theft does not exist in a vacuum and no matter how often you visit the places – online and offline – that identity thieves target, you do not have to fall prey to them if you are careful enough.

There was this infamous spate of identity theft cases some years back: Victims who had gone to great lengths to keep their personal data secure, still fell prey to thieves because the government had left their personal info on public records made available online.

Back then, on

line public records were just beginning to be uploaded on county websites and redaction (blacking out personal data from online records) was still relatively new. But unless you've been convicted of a violent crime, it is unlikely that your state government will still have your personal info online for anyone to see today.

So, by following the tips discussed in the identity theft resource materials from the websites above, you can bring the possibility that you'd become a victim very close to zero.

If you do a lot of online banking and trading, it is also a good idea to visit software vendor websites that can offer you valuable, if proprietary, identity theft resources.

Finally, if you're looking to arm yourself against identity thieves, remember that your best resource is to stay informed.

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