Up to 500,000
individuals are victims each year of identity
Three of the
most common methods thieves use to steal your identity: Phishing,
the use of fraudulent emails to direct customers to fraudulent web
that resemble legitimate bank sites.
"Fishing" is exactly that. Crooks are trying to steal your identity,
and money by fishing. The lure (bait) can come in many forms. The
most popular method of "phishing" is to send out emails claiming to be
from a bank or financial institution and with a link and a fake reason
why you need to access your account.
can appear to be legitimate because the crook will steal the graphics
the bank or financial institution they are targeting. The links can
appear to be legitimate by embedding the .html into a email and using
may even provide a 1-800 number to call. (If you receive a suspicious
contact your bank directly).
the generation of the fraudulent web sites, designed to mirror the
to avoid becoming a victim |
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every web-surfer legitimately trying to reach a compromised site to a
"spoofed" web site.
is no 100% guarantee that anyone is 100% safe from becoming a victim of
identity theft, there are
things you can do.
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