Personal information theft

After  Facebook: introduced a “new way of living”  post where are identified new privacy and identify theft risks (due to the new Facebook’s features), today E-Crime Expert offers a new awareness material for users in order for them to be better informed when using the Internet and the electronic envirovment. Identity theft is a major problem today. Please read this post. Identity theft occurs when using Social Networking Services, Email or simply when shopping or selling online.

One common example of identity theft is when someone offers to buy the product you advertise on a buy-sell website and offers you more money claiming that the product has to be sent to a far away location. They offer to pay for shipping up front or in advance and usually offer more than the seller listed on his add.

How it works: 

the “buyer” will get back to you thanking you so much for your reply. They assure you that they are buying your product and it has to be shipped to a certain address. They will say that in order to make the payment to your bank account as soon as possible, they ask you to provide them with: your full name, full address, telephone number, sometimes bank details (in order to make the payment) and as many other details as possible. Usually they claim to be: military officials, doctors working overseas, lawyers, and any other trustable profession. Once they have your full details they could:

a) produce a fake ID on your name which they could use later to open a bank account or rent products

b) if they got your bank account details or credit card information, they could make a fake credit card on your name and could start making payments online or in-person purchasing in big cities where no one asks for an ID when you use a credit card. Or they will simply go withdraw your money from the ATM if the card has a chequing or saving account.

c) they could sell your information on a specialized website where organized crime representatives buy such details and they have more resources to make fake cards, or use in any fraudulent way your personal details and information.

How can you prevent this theft?

The safest precaution is to never send your personal details to anyone who asks them over the internet, emails, or text messages (SMS), even if they claim to be from your bank, cable company, favorite grocery store or friends, family, or someone you trust. They always use a fake website and/or email address similar to the ones your friends, businesses you trust or your financial institution use.

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Do you know what identity theft is? Have you ever been an identity theft victim? How do you protect yourself from identity theft?

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