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

History of Identity Theft

Identity Theft by Phishing * History Of Identity Theft

The History of Identity Theft - Booming Technology, Booming Crime   

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. Credit cards, by their sheer number and indispensable role in consumerism, could be said to have spawned a history of identity theft in America.

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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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In the mid 1990s, 65% of American adults owned, at least, one credit card. That number has since exploded by, at least, an additional 3 million new credit cardholders each year.

After a decade, the history of identity theft was marked by a rapid growth in criminal activities that seemed to be spurred by each new growth in the credit card industry.

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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.
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...

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By 2005, 67% of all reported identity theft victims complained to the Federal Trade Commission that the thieves misused their credit card accounts. That translates into a staggering 6.5 million identity-theft victims in a single year alone.

History of Identity Theft - Playing Catch-Up

It is a phenomenon that has displayed itself not only in the history of identity theft and credit cards but in any industry that grows at such a fast rate: it becomes more susceptible to fraud designed by those taking advantage of rapidly emerging opportunities for crime.

Since industry growth happens at lightning speed, businesses cannot adapt fast enough so criminal elements can take advantage of outdated security and laws. This is most apparent in the history of identity theft over the Internet.

New Antivirus software cannot keep up with the rate at which new malware (whose sole reason for existence is to harvest personal information from your PC!) is written. And even the government has found it hard to keep up.

History of Identity Theft - Dangers of e-Government

In July 2005, a resident of Hamilton, Ohio fell pray to identity thieves after they got her personal info from the Hamilton country website. The thief went shopping on her card, spending $20,000. The woman has been very careful with her personal data, but her state's e-government program made her vulnerable.

The Hamilton county clerk's office eventually removed personal data from the county website. But since it involved 20 million pages it took one month.

The same incident has happened in other parts of America. As late as the spring of 2006, Florida had the personal info of its citizens (from 1978!) published on the Internet.

It was unbelievable that, despite wide knowledge about the history of identity theft and the damage it had left in its wake, the Florida state government had published online driver's license, social security, and even bank account numbers!

Index of Articles about Indentity Theft

What Other Authors say about Indentify Theft

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...

Definition of Identity Theft - The Fastest Growing White-collar Crime in America by Carl LaFresnaye

That is what identity theft is, according to the FBI. But simplest definition of identity theft is when someone steals your name and personal data to commit fraud, often for financial gain. The most common...

Identity Theft: The Perfect Victim - Your Child by Brenda Mohney

Many of us work hard to protect our identities, but fail to think about protecting the identities of our children. The fact that they are underage gives us the impression that children's identities are...

Commercial Identity Theft - Where Thieves Are Likely to Strike by Carl LaFresnaye

Commercial identity theft can refer to any of three things. It can involve the thief accessing a firm's credit account. It can also mean the identity thief targeting all the employees in an organization....

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...

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...

How to Respond After Identity Theft Occurs by Gary E. Cain

Identity theft has become one of the most frequently reported crimes. But, maybe you are asking yourself: What is identity theft? I am glad you asked.Identity theft is the wrongful use of your name, birth...

Identity Theft Problem Solution by Mark Freink

We live in an information-oriented society. Technology allows us to do business and make transactions literally in a matter of seconds. This abundance of information has given rise to a new crime - identity...

Identity Theft Law - Protect Yourself from Thieves by Exercising Your Rights by Carl LaFresnaye

Over the past few years, each new identity theft law seeks to protect consumers and businesses from what statistics show to be one of the fastest growing crimes in America today. Know your rights and what...

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....

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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