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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.

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About Webnme2

The author's first experience with computers was with Fortran IV. Wow that's ancient. After graduate school, he taught history for a number of years at a community college before becoming an attorney. In 1997 he changed careers to become a web developer/designer with an interest in all things web related. He currently maintains several dozen websites. This is his personal blog. The opinions expressed are his own.

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