Crucial Identity Theft
Identity theft online has grown tremendously in the last few years.
Safe guarding your information Before this happens is imperative.
Do you know how to minimize your potential of becoming a victim of this far reaching crime?
Knowledge and education about these scams will help keep your identity in your hands where it belongs.
- Identity theft online has grown in astronomic proportions and gone up by 200% since 2010.
- 12 Million pieces of personal information were traded by criminals in the first quarter of 2012 alone.
- One of the biggest reasons for the increase is the number of people signing up for online accounts.
- It has been reported over 9,000,000 attempts were made in 2005 alone.
- Phishing attempt losses may have reached over $500 million every year.
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Phishing is a very common technique of identity theft online.
At one time or another everyone has received bogus emails and instant
messages that look like very legitimate links to a web site.
web sites and emails are schemes to capture your personal information
such as credit card numbers, social security numbers, and bank account
The areas attacked can include your instant messenger, email, web sites, phishing, passwords, spyware and viruses.
How Identity Theft Online Works
- One way you receive an email is from a financial institution
that informs you they need to verify your ATM/debit card number and PIN
number because they are upgrading their software program because of
- They provide a link to a web site
for you to type in your requested information and you are told your
account will be suspended if you do not provide the information.
- Grammar and spelling errors are common and a big tip off in these emails.
It will look like the person who wrote it has a lousy command of the English language.
- Clicking on the link in the email takes you to a web site that is not really the web site of the company mentioned in the email.
site is totally set up for cyber identity theft for the thief to
capture your ATM/debit card and PIN number so they can wipe out your
money for themselves.
- The email the “phisher”
sends will give you a great sense of urgency that you should act quickly
in addressing the problem and verify your password, personal
- I even received one of these SPAM emails from what looked to be my own bank.
It had the proper letter head and looked very professional.
- My bank informed me there was a discrepancy in my account and I needed to take action right away to correct the problem.
- The bank needed my PIN number and social security number and they would take care of the problem.
- I’ve also received this type of letter from banks I never banked with so, of course, I obviously knew that was bogus.
Fortunately, I knew my bank would Never send me an email asking for my personal information. This is just not the way it’s done.
Most professional companies don’t ask for this type of information, as it will all too often lead to identity theft online.
answer the email. If you have any question that the email might have
something to it, call your bank or go in personally and find out if
there is any truth to what the email said.
Learn more to be aware of at identity theft scams.
I had a friend that received a similar looking email as the one I received from my bank, but it was from Google.
The letter stated there was a problem and suggested he take care of it right away.
Again, personal information was needed to take care of the problem.
My friend disregarded the notice.
Due to our ever evolving technology, computer identity theft has become extremely sophisticated and many times hard to spot
Identity Theft Online Tips
To Stay Safe
- It’s so quick and easy to order items online.
Using the very latest internet browser is very important.
- The browser provides encryption and allows you to navigate the internet.
- Encryption scrambles data sent to a server, therefore providing protection for your personal information.
- Using the most up-to-date version of a browser also makes sure you are using the latest version of Encryption technology.
- To track your purchases easily, only use One credit card strictly for internet purchases.
is also a good way to help ensure accuracy of the charges to your
credit card and to keep a record of all internet transactions.
- If your card is compromised, cancel it and get a new one.
of the increase of identity theft online, you should make certain the
web site you are accessing will be authenticated by digital certificates
and the VeriSign logo will also appear on the web site.
- Clicking on the VerSign logo will assure you the site is not a redirect or clone, but legitimate.
- The merchant usually sends you an email to provide you with a receipt/confirmation of your order and when it will ship.
- Make sure you check your email after completion of an order.
There are several handy tools you can use to warn you of web sites that are suspicious. You can also use more than one.
has a tool called the Google Safe Browsing Extension that will alert
you to a “phishy” site that is detected and will block you from entering
information on that site.
- Earthlink ScamBlocker is another security rating that is easy to see for each web site visited by you.
This is based on a blacklist of fraudulent sites.
- Netcraft Toolbar displays the web site information and whether a site is new and the country that hosts it.
- The Netcraft tool also blocks access to reported phishing sites, much like a neighborhood watch.
Be educated on the many ways you can become a victim of identity theft online and protect yourself from this devastating crime.
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