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 and Fraud

Identity Theft by Phishing * Identity Theft And Fraud

Identity Theft and Fraud - How Do I Know I've Been Victimized?   
Carl LaFresnaye

Identity theft and fraud has claimed over nine million victims in America within a recent 12-month period.

Out of this number, most of the victims (85%) discovered they were victimized in a negative manner (they noticed a financial/material loss). Only the remaining minority found out because of proactive action taken by the company or business to detect identity theft and fraud.

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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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Despite widely publicized news stories, many find out they are victims of identity theft and fraud only when it is too late to do anything about it – other than damage control and trying to clean up a tarnished financial reputation.

Identity Theft and Fraud - 5 Signs That Should Set Off the Alarm

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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.

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Following are some things that should alert you that you have been targeted by crafty perpetrators of identity theft and fraud.

1. The monthly statement from your bank shows withdrawals or transfers you can't recall. You may be a victim of bank fraud.

2. Your checkbook is missing some checks. New checkbooks don't arrive in your mail. Recent statistics show illegal use of others' checking accounts as the fastest growing kind of identity theft and fraud.

3. Your bills show strange purchases you never made or you get billing statements for credit accounts or cards you didn't open. A collection agency may even call you to remind you to pay for things you never bought. Out of the total number of cases of credit card identity theft and fraud, 73% of the victims complained that someone else opened a card under their name, while 27% said someone took over their account to make fraudulent purchases.

4. Your billing cycle ends and yet you still haven't gotten your statement. It may have been diverted identity theft and fraud perpetrators to another address. Also watch out for other missing mail you expected to arrive. A thief may be periodically raiding your mailbox.

5. You are unexpectedly rejected for a loan, new credit card, or mortgage. Your credit records indicate debts you don't recall incurring.

A final word of warning: Most perpetrators of identity theft and fraud (68.2%) where the methods were discovered used traditional means to commit the crime. Here are the top methods used by thieves.
- Stealing wallets
- Stealing mail
- Family, acquaintances, friends misappropriating credit cards

These three areas where you're most open to attack should set off alarms by themselves. It would be foolhardy to wait for signs that you're already a victim of identity theft and fraud before you begin to take action.

Index of Articles about Indentity Theft

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The Business of Identity Theft by Tim Knox

Q: I use PayPal to accept credit cards for my online collectibles business. I recently received an email that my PayPal account was going to expire in five days if I didn't click a link in the email and...

The History of Identity Theft - Booming Technology, Booming Crime by

The early history of identity theft is closely allied with the history of the credit card. First appearing in American literature in the mid 1990s, identity theft's first targets were said to be consumers....

Identity Theft in a Shrinking World by Carl LaFresnaye

Identity theft and fraud was already a multibillion-dollar criminal industry back in the 1990s. Although the NUMBER of identity fraud cases in on the decline, the TOTAL COST to America is on an up trend....

Identity Theft : Fastest-growing Crime by Michael Sanford

Identity theft is quickly becoming one of the most prevalent forms of crime in the country, with approximately 10 million victims a year. Cases include impostors using someone's credit card number to make...

Social Security Identity Theft - What Thieves Can Do and How You Can Stop Them by Carl LaFresnaye

Social Security identity theft figures in many complaints received by the Federal Trade Commission since it gives the perpetrator the flexibility in terms of the kind of identity fraud he can commit. Unlike...

Identity fraud - the most over hyped fear of our time by Richard Goedegebuur

A leading identity theft expert used the credit industry's annual conference to show that the government has massively over-hyped public fear of the extent of identity fraud to sell its Identity Cards...

Reporting Identity Theft by Tony Robinson

Identity Theft is one of the leading crimes around the globe that is claiming the lives of millions each year. Every day a new victim finds them self fighting for their life back, while the law is moving...

Identity Theft Right Away by 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...

Identity Theft: It Can Happen to You! by Stephen Bucaro

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Identity Theft Fact - 10 Things to Guide You by Carl LaFresnaye

The most pressing identity theft fact today is that Americans have become more vulnerable than ever before to all types of identity fraud and theft. As we manage more of our lives online and transact more...


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