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

Medical Identity Theft

Identity Theft by Phishing * Medical Identity Theft

Medical Identity Theft - When the Damage Involves More Than Money…   
Carl LaFresnaye

Medical identity theft costs the American insurance industry as much as $180 billion annually. The reason for this is that transactions are increasingly depending on the Internet to expedite processes, such as filing claims. But money may be the least of your problems when you're a victim of medical identity theft.

A type of identity fraud, medical identity theft involves the perpetrator using another person's identity and/or insurance information to benefit from medicine or services, or to file false claims.

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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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Medical identity theft is among the methods of fraud that are least known about. But compared to the more popular cases of Financial (or even Internet) fraud, medical identity theft can damage your record for a longer period AND even cause you to undergo the wrong kind of medical treatment!

What can medical identity theft involve?
- Misdiagnoses on your medical records
- Erroneous blood type, illnesses, etc.
- Additional (false) entries, such as psychiatric sessions, prescribed meds, etc.
- Multiple medical histories at various hospitals

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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 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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Medical Identity Theft - Why Damage Control Is Difficult

The fallout from medical identity theft can be harder to control and correct because, unlike, say, your credit records that are centralized at several agencies, your medical records are decentralized. If a thief used your identification info at several hospitals across various states, you can spend a lifetime trying to correct the problem!

Take the case of a man in Pennsylvania who suffered from the damage wrought by medical identity theft. A thief was found to have used the man's identity to get over $100,000 in treatments.

The problem was that the scam involved five separate hospitals and, in each place, the thief created a new medical history under his victim's name! Imagine how hard it was to clean that up!

Often, all the erroneous charges, diagnoses, treatments, etc. are transmitted and retransmitted through several medical and insurance industry networks before you ever get a hint of anything wrong going on.

The end result: a trail of wrong information that can follow you around for many years and cause you both medical and financial damage.

What are the consequences of medical identity theft?
- You could get wrong treatments.
- You may find your health insurance used up all of a sudden.
- You could be regarded as uninsurable (for both health AND life policies).
- You may fail pre-employment health checkups.
- You could have reputation-damaging diagnoses on your medical record.
As yet, US laws are inadequate, making medical identity theft difficult to detect.

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