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

Thieves of Identity

Identity Theft by Phishing * Thieves Of Identity

Thieves of Identity   
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.

Thieves often use their job positions or status in society to get away with a crime. On the other hand, victims are homemakers, government reps, cops, lawyers, doctors, famous persons, religious leaders, bankers and so forth. The business of identity theft is equal opportunity, since anyone can be the victim and anyone can be the thief.

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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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Identity theft is an ongoing crime that is committed every day. In 2002 alone, the statistics estimated that more than "1.2 million" persons were victims of identity theft. It is now 2006, and the new statistics have escalated far beyond the reach of millions.


Credit cards, driver license, social security numbers, and other personal information was stolen from millions of people and today more people are becoming victims of one of the worst crimes committed by any criminal. During the year 2002 about half of the people that reported identity theft claimed that credit cards accounts were opened in their name, while others reported unauthorized activity on their cards. Thus, if you suspect that your identity is stolen it is important that you report the crime immediately and close all of your accounts.

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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 Screen Links For Phishing Scams (TechWorld)
Twitter to shorten URLs sent through the service to twt.tl Twitter launched a new link-screening service on Tuesday aimed at preventing phishing and other malicious attacks against users of the popular...

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In 2002, one woman reported an identity crime and found that someone in her local area had activated telephone service under her name. Out of the millions that reported identity crimes in 2002, at least a quarter of these victims also found accounts opened in their names.


When a thief takes hold of your identity the person can open accounts in your name, withdraw money from your accounts, file for driver license, escape crimes, forge documents to get birth certificates, file bankruptcy, commit a crime in your name and so forth. As a victim myself I will say that identity theft is one of the worst if not the worst crime anyone can commit against another person.


Thus, if you are not a victim of identity theft it is important that you adhere to all advice since believing 'it could never happen to you' is only putting your self at risk. Identity theft extends further than merely taking hold of someone's information to commit a crime, rather identity theft is a rape, robbery, strip of humanity, and the list continues. If you have ever been a victim of a crime, you know that you are a survivor, but with the crime known as identity theft, you are a victim for life. During one interview, a woman claimed that she may 'as well jump off a bridge and end it all' now that she is a victim of identity theft. The impact of depravity of privacy and security is stripped from a person's life when identity thieves take hold of the victim's life.


Therefore, if you are not a victim guard your information like a mother will guard a newborn baby.


Steps to protecting your identity includes, making sure no one gets hold of your PIN number. If you are at the bank, an ATM machine, store, pharmacy, and cetera make sure no one is watching you when you type in your PIN number. I recommend that you change your PIN number every six months to prevent thief from occurring. It is important to monitor your credit reports, statements, and keep all your receipts to avoid any problems. For the most part keeping your receipts will protect you if you are accused of using your credit card when you did not, or else when you need to dispute an overcharge, undercharge or other type of error. You should always conceal your identity and never give it to anyone that you do not trust. Furthermore, you should never give your social security number over the phone lines, unless you called the source and it is the social security administration them self.


For more information on steps to protecting your identity visit the World Wide Web and type in the search engine Identity Theft where you will be, taking to links to galore that will inform you thoroughly about the crime that is costing fortunes.


Tony Robinson is an International Author, Webmaster and Security Guru.
Check out his Identity Theft Protection Tips at http://www.officialidentitytheft.com/

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