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

Social Security Identity Theft

Identity Theft by Phishing * Social Security Identity Theft

Social Security Identity Theft - What Thieves Can Do and How You Can Stop Them   
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 just stealing a credit card, Social Security identity theft can allow the perpetrator to:

1. Establish a new identity using your Social Security Number and data
2. Get a job under your SSN
3. Use your SSN to get loans or commit mortgage fraud
4. Open credit cards with your SSN
5. Rent a car or an apartment under your name and SSN
6. Use your SSN to apply for phone service
7. Present your Social Security Card as an ID when detained or arrested by law enforcement authorities

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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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Social Security Identity Theft - How to Stop It

There are many ways Americans are vulnerable to Social Security identity theft. But you can use this vulnerability to your advantage by withholding you Social Security data as often as you can since the other party will be more likely to understand given the many stories of Social Security identity theft recently reported by the media.

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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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Here are some ways to stop Social Security identity theft from happening to you.

1. Use another number instead to transact business. When businesses ask for your SSN for record-keeping purposes, offer another ID number instead. Ask to speak to the manager if the point person doesn't grant your request. If they say they need your SSN, ask them how they intend to use it. Let them show you their SSN privacy policy. If you aren't satisfied, walk away.

2. Does your state use a single number for both your Social Security and driving license? Then ask for your SSN to be replaced to minimize your chances of being a victim of Social Security identity theft.

3. Use your SSN only when you can't get out of it, such as when filling out tax forms, opening a bank account, and for stock and real estate transactions. Remember, the key to your bank/credit account is your SSN. That makes it a major target for Social Security identity theft.

4. Withhold your SSN from a job application. In the initial application you fill out, leave your SSN out. Instead, offer to give a prospective employer your SSN during your interview or just when they need it to perform a background check. You can also offer to provide clearances and documents for a background check instead of giving out your SSN.

5. Check your Social Security records. Check your statement of Personal Earnings & Benefits Estimate yearly to ensure you aren't a victim of Social Security identity theft. The Social Security Administration sends it out to adult cardholders around 90 days before their birthday. Visit http://www.ssa.gov/mystatement/ for details.

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Identity Theft: The New Technology Crime by Robert Ing, DSc, FAPSc, CPO

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Identity Theft Alerts by Tony Robinson

If you fall into the hands of an identity, theft it is important to continuing monitor your credit reports and any financial statements throughout the legal process. You will need to check your reports...

Computer Identity Theft - Go Phish! by Carl LaFresnaye

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Identity Theft Tips by Tony Robinson

Identity theft is an ongoing crime, that in the year of 2004 alone more than eleven million victims lost their identity. Now that we are in recession, the world is in chaos more so than ever and many people...

Identity Theft - Resources to Help You Once It Has Happened by Pamela Bruce

Identity theft could happen to anyone. Someone gets hold of important information, such as your name, credit card information and social security number and uses this to make online purchases or apply...

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....


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