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

Type of Identity Theft

Identity Theft by Phishing * Type Of Identity Theft

Under Which Type of Identity Theft Are You Most Vulnerable?   
Carl LaFresnaye

No mater the type of identity theft, the object of the thief will always be to impersonate you by using your personal data and identifying documents to steal your money and resources, leaving you with bad credit or, worse, bankrupt. Following are four descriptions designating each type of identity theft that occurs in the world today.

Type of Identity Theft - Financial Under this type of identity theft, the perpetrator will use your credit card to make purchases or pay for services. The thief may also use your Social Security Number to apply for a credit card, get employment, or get loans under your name.

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A thief can also gain access to your money by using stolen checks. Can you imagine the amount of damage the perpetrator can do before you even realize what's going on? He can go shopping, rent a car or an apartment, pay for phone service, etc.

Type of Identity Theft - Business This type of identity theft is similar to the Financial type, but this time it is a business that is victimized financially rather than a person. The theft may be perpetrated by a disgruntled former employee who still has access to the business' accounts. It may also be that the thief is simply a person who sees the opportunity to commit fraud and takes it.

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Twitter Becomes More Proactive About Phishing (CIO)
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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The perpetrator may or may not have a relationship with the company's existing suppliers, but will use whatever means he can (e.g., company credit line, credit cards, online credit, etc.) for monetary or material gain.

Type of Identity Theft - Criminal The perpetrator of this type of identity theft will present your Driver's License or Social Security ID, instead of his own, when he is arrested. If he is charged and convicted, a criminal record starts to be generated under your name.

If he ever goes free, this will make it easier for the thief to disappear and continue his criminal activities. In the meantime, being impersonated by an identity thief leaves you with a criminal record or a shattered reputation that may takes you years to clear up.

Type of Identity Theft - Cloning In this type of identity theft, the perpetrator uses your personal data to establish a new identity. Perhaps he has a criminal record under his real (former) name. Or maybe he is trying to escape from people or law enforcement authorities. He can be an illegal immigrant or just someone wanting to leave behind debts or a bad credit or employment record.

Whatever the case, the identity thief will use your information and you're lucky if he indeed starts anew and maintains a clean record. But the minute old habits return, it will be your reputation that gets tarnished this time.

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