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 in a Shrinking World

Identity Theft by Phishing * Identity Theft In A Shrinking World

Identity Theft in a Shrinking World   
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. In the last couple of years, total figures jumped by $2 billion additional dollars lost to identity theft.

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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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One of the reasons for this identity theft up trend is that the American consumer market sits like a big, vulnerable target on the face of the globe. Robust American consumerism contributes to this vulnerability. So does an increasingly plastic economy.

The problem becomes worse when you consider that not only have industries and technologies all over the world gone global, so has crime.

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Twitter Becomes More Proactive About Phishing (Network World)
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...
Twitter To Begin Screening Some Links For Phishing (PC World Via Yahoo! News)
Twitter launched a new link-screening service on Tuesday aimed at preventing phishing and other malicious attacks against users of the popular microblogging service.

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Identity Theft Using US Commerce & Law

In one of the most remarkable cases of gang identity theft and fraud activities in recent years, the Wo Hop To case stands out. Not only did the Asian gang use legitimate American cardholders, it also used federal laws to keep the racket going!

The gang had a

lready set up a veritable counterfeit credit card factory in the US, importing everything from machines to magnetic strips from Hong Kong. Even a sort of identity theft quality-control process was set up: a gang member would try out the fake cards at restaurants, gas stations, and stores.

And then they got creative.

Identity Theft - Creating a “Win-Win” Situation

The gang started recruiting genuine credit cardholders, asking them to OVERPAY their monthly bills with counterfeit bank checks. Once the recruit's account was credited, the recruit and a gang member would go on a shopping spree.

The gang would then fence the goods and the recruit would get some of the proceeds. Eventually, the gang would use federal bankruptcy laws to have the recruit avoid any liability by filing for credit protection!

It succeeded because it was so easy to get recruits. The recruits felt protected by federal laws AND it was so lucrative!

One recruit pocketed a total of $615,000 inside 12 months!

After the dust settled, everyone who participated in this massive scam had cost MasterCard and Visa over $100 million, affecting over a hundred financial institutions.

To this day, credit card fraud is the leading culprit in identity theft cases throughout America, judging by the complaints received by the FTC.

When the notorious Asian gang case happened in the mid-1990s, experts predicted that credit cards would cease to exist in the next few years and that all transactions (i.e., credit, debit, ATM, etc.) would be unified into one plastic card. Moreover, even filing for a loan would remove humans from the equation, using purely plastic and machine (as in an ATM machine).

They were dead wrong.

Identity theft has put America on the defensive and the scenarios experts predicted appear to be still a decade or two away.

Index of Articles about Indentity Theft

What Other Authors say about Indentify Theft

Identity Theft: It Won't Happen To Me. by Daryl Campbell

"I got bad credit I'm not worried""It happened to a friend of a friend" "I've got other priorities now" "All it takes is guarding your Social Security number""I can trust the people around me"These quotes...

Identity Theft Victims by Tony Robinson

Identity theft victims are on the rise and as the years go by more and more people are falling into the hands of these perpetrators. Now that our economy is in recession, it is especially time to protect...

Identity Theft Protection - Practical Ways to Stay Safe by 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,...

Thieves of Identity by Tony Robinson

Thieves come in all forms, including dressed in business attire, sweats, or tuxedos. Identity thieves are government reps, bankers, religious leaders, famous persons, homemakers, cops, lawyers and so forth....

Identitiy Theft Victim - 3 Things to Do ASAP by Carl LaFresnaye

Are you an identity theft victim? Maybe you suspect it's because you spend your entire life online. You shop, you bank, you watch movies, listen to music, catch the news, make your major life decisions...

Stop Identity Theft by Tony Robinson

Reading articles on identity theft may not sound appealing to you, but if you think that you are not subject to becoming the next target then you are fooling your self and setting your self up as an easy...

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...

Finding Peace after Identity Theft by Tony Robinson

When a person fall victim of identity theft, rarely do they find peace thereafter. Victims of identity theft often struggle with paperwork, reports, credit reports, courts, police and the list goes on....

Small Business Q & A: Dont Fall For The Latest Internet Identity Theft Scam 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 didnt click a link in the email and...

Online Billing: The Dangers of Identity Theft by Jeff Downs

The phrase "identity theft" causes a shiver to go up the spine and eyes to bug out with fear. True, identity theft happens today; however, not from the most commonly blamed source. In fact, identity theft...

14 Steps You Can Take to Prevent Identity Theft by Etienne Gibbs

Becoming a major epidemic, Identity Theft occurs when a criminal uses another person's personal information to take on that person's identity. Identity theft includes the misuse of a Social Security number,...


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