Project 2 - CS1003 4/17/2008 Edward Poole Identity Theft...

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CS1003 5/12/2009 Edward Poole Identity Theft and Identity Fraud What is identity theft? Identity theft occurs when someone uses your personally identifying information, like your name, Social Security number, or credit card number, without your permission, to commit fraud or other crimes. Identity theft is a growing epidemic across the world; people’s lives and credit are being ruined without them even knowing.(2) How is identity theft committed? Identity theft starts with the misuse of your personally identifying information such as your name and Social Security number, credit card numbers, or other financial account information. For identity thieves, this information is as good as gold. Skilled identity thieves may use a variety of methods to get hold of your information, including: 1. Dumpster Diving: They rummage through trash looking for bills or other paper with your personal information on it. (1) 2. Skimming: They steal credit/debit card numbers by using a special storage device when processing your card. (1) 3. Phishing: They pretend to be financial institutions or companies and send spam or pop- up messages to get you to reveal your personal information. (1) 4. Changing Your Addres: They divert your billing statements to another location by completing a change of address form. (1) 5. Old-Fashioned Stealing : They steal wallets and purses; mail, including bank and credit card statements; pre-approved credit offers; and new checks or tax information. They
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Project 2 - CS1003 4/17/2008 Edward Poole Identity Theft...

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