by Webnme2 on Mar 14th 2010
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Privacy and Identity Theft
Daily, I receive dozens of spam emails. Many are
phishing emails designed for identity theft (example). A recent one was cleverly disguised as a request to update my information in an online yellow pages. Another told me that my bank account was frozen and part of an investigation. One told me that my Visa account had been suspended. Still another told me that my PayPal account needed to be updated. And yet another told me that a purchase had been made for a huge amount at a national brand store that I needed to confirm or provide information for possible credit card theft. All of these e-mails had one thing in common — they wanted me to click on a link to a hostile site that on the surface looked like the real McCoy, but in fact was a phishing site or one that wanted to collect my personal information including social security card number and credit card account data. Why? Simple – the fraudsters wanted to steal my identity.
- Don’t under any circumstances click on a link in an e-mail like this and provide you personal information.
- Don’t fill out any form in any e-mail that requests your personal information.
- Feds Launch OnGuard Website
Toolbar to Help Foil Phishing
- The Big Lie and Other Tricks – Spam Promises
- What To Do When Your Identity Is Stolen
- Kids Targeted by Spyware Purveyors
To learn more about how to avoid identity theft consider visiting one of the following websites.
- Anti-Phishing.org – The Anti-Phishing.org website is full of help on protecting your privacy from phishing attempts.
Department of Education – Identity Theft (for students)
- Department of Justice – Identity Theft and Fraud
- Federal Trade Commission – Deter, Detect, Defend, Avoid ID Theft
- Federal Trade Commission – Identity Theft
- Federal Trade Commission – Your National Resource for ID Theft -The FTC has a great site to help you report identity theft, if it has happened to you.
- FDIC – Identity Theft
- Fight Identity Theft
- How to protect yourself from e-mail scams — ZDnet’s Anchor Desk has a great article on how to avoid identity theft.
- Onguard – Federal Website
- Postal Service – Identity Theft
- Social Security Administration – Identity Theft
Privacy Advocacy Groups and Resources
- Electric Frontier Foundation
- Electronic Privacy Information Center
- Identity Theft Resource Center – Non-Profit
- Identity Theft Victims Guide
- Privacy Rights.org