Identity fraud may occur when someone steals personal information, opens credit card accounts in the victim's name without permission, and charges merchandise to those accounts.Stealing one’s Identity fraud is a synonym of unlawful identity change. It indicates unlawful activities that use the identity of another person or of a non-existing person as a principal tool for merchandise procurement.
Identity fraud can occur without identity theft, as in the case where the fraudster has been given someone's identity information for other reasons but uses it to commit fraud, or when the person whose identity is being used is colluding with the person committing the fraud.
5 simple things you can do to protect your website and identity from a fraudster.
- Enroll All Your Website Domain(s) with Domain Privacy
Your personal information is publicly available whenever someone does a "whois" lookup online. Harvesting "whois" information is an easy way for identity thieves to impersonate you.
- Protect Yourself Against Spyware
Spyware is malware downloaded to your computer or website without your knowledge or consent and can run invisibly in the background and collect information about you. Make sure whatever anti-virus program you're running on your personal computers includes spyware protection and make sure these are up to date.
- Be Careful When Entering Information Online
When providing personal or financial information online, be certain that you have a secure connection. The URL in the address bar should change from "http" to "https" or "shttp." A closed padlock symbol can also indicate the connection is secure.
- Be sensible When Sharing Information
Use common sense when updating social media websites. Even if you limit the number of people who have access to your profile, tweets, etc. remember that the information is still published online and can be copied and pasted somewhere else. If anyone asks you for personal information, make sure they are who they claim to be and that there is a reason for the request. If in doubt keep your details to yourself.
- Shred All Confidential Information
When disposing of papers and corespondence with account numbers or other important personal information on, shred them first of all.
Identity fraud. (2011, December 1). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia . Retrieved 11:19, May 19, 2012, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Identity_fraud&oldid=463512998
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