Internet fraud and identity theftPresentation Transcript
WHAT IS IDENTITY THEFT?When someone steals your personal information and uses it without your permission. It is a serious crime. It can ruin your finances, credit history, and reputation. It takes time, money, and patience to resolve.
Wireless ID Theft
The Black Market
BE ALERT1. Do not share date of birth, SSN, or birth certificate.2. Only share SSN when you trust the other party--ask why they want it, how long theyll keep it, how theyll dispose of it3. Before sharing personal information on the internet, make sure you have a secure connection--a lock on the address bar and a URL beginning with "https"4. Keep antivirus updated5. If you use a password to sign into a website, make sure to log out6. Use strong passwords http://netforbeginners.about.com/od/antivirusantispyw are/tp/5-steps-to-a-strong-password.htm
WHAT TO DO? File a report with the FTC: www.ftc.govAlso, alert credit reporting companies, place an initial fraud alert, request a credit freeze, file a police report