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 Right Away

Identity Theft by Phishing * Identity Theft Right Away

Identity Theft Right Away   
Tony Robinson

If you feel that your identity is stolen, inform the appropriate authorities immediately, including your bank, credit card issuers.

The earlier you inform the credit card suppliers, banks, et cetera the fewer chances the identity thief will have to deform your life. At any time, any of us can become a victim of identity theft. Taking steps to protect your identity is crucial in today's technology advanced era.

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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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Thus, to avoid identity theft or to deal with identity theft you must report the act right away and/or take steps to safeguard your self.


Steps to prevent identity theft should include guarding your personal belongings at all times. Personal belongings such as purses and wallets store valuable information, including credit/debit cards, checks, social security numbers, and other personal information.

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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.
Gone Phishing: Jam Band Gets Closer To Coming To Town (Telluride Daily Planet)
It seems like Phish could happen. Yesterday in a special meeting, the Telluride Parks and Recreation Commission gave the nod to promoters hoping to use Town Park for two nights in August to host the iconic...

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Never give out your information unless you know for certain whom the party is that is asking for your identification. Never, give out PIN or Passwords to anyone. If you work at a computer use passwords combined with numbers and letters up to eight characters, thus making it difficult for anyone to attempt to guess your password. Change passwords and PIN numbers randomly to prevent identity theft. The passwords or PIN numbers on bank accounts and credit/debit cards should be changed randomly also.


It is important that you avoid giving your information through email. Thus, if mail comes in your box that claims you need to update your information, disregard the mail and call your original service provider numbers immediately. You should never give your information over the phone lines, or on discussion boards, bulletin boards, or forums.


If you have friends in Chat rooms requesting your mailing address or other information do not give out the information, rather if you know the source personally call them and ask why they want your information? If the source is a good friend, let them know that you will provide your mailing address if they intend to write you through safer methods.


Identity theft is increasing, thus none of us are safe in this system of things. Authorities are working to prevent identity, however, when a person reports identity theft, rarely is help available. Reporting identity theft right away can save your from ongoing hassle. If you report the theft right away, you will have a measure of advantage to fight off the thief.


The steps are in written abroad the World Wide Net on reporting identity theft. If you have access to the Internet learn all you can about the subject to help you continue your fight. Otherwise, learn all you can to prevent identity theft from occurring in your life. Once you become a victim of identity theft, you are a victim for life.


If you become victim of identity theft, your rights include disputing any unauthorized debts listed on your credit files. You have rights to contact the companies that are insinuating that you owe them money and dispute the allegations. Under law, the credit bureaus are obligated to delete any allegations made against you, after an investigation finding that you did not instigate the debt, thus removing the debt from your files.


If the theft applied for jobs, credit cards, debit cards, or attempted to open any accounts in your name, your rights include making the companies supply you copies of the documentations made in your name.


Thus, fighting back is the only solution for gaining back control of your life if you have fallen victim to theft. Do not blame your self for the crime, since every one of us is vulnerable to identity theft. Thieves often stay one-step further than the law and technology, thus none of us have control over the higher sources that make it possible for thieves to gain access to identities. Computers are the number one source where identity thieves frequent and with the leaks, the thieves often gain control. Companies also make it convenient for identity thieves, since the consumers' information is often stored on computers. The media is another source where criminals gain the upper hand. The media exposes modus operandi and other information to the public, which criminals note and study, thus learning new strategies to gain the upper hand over the public.


Tony Robinson is an International Author, Webmaster and Security Guru.
Check out his Identity Theft Protection Tips at http://www.officialidentitytheft.com/

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