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Why Internet Crime Actually Does Pay

Recently, Roger Grimes at InfoWorld published a fascinating article about how lucrative and safe it is for cybercriminals to commit identity theft on the Internet.

If you’re an ordinary criminal who likes to rob banks, you’re taking a big risk for a relatively minor reward.

The FBI reported that in 2010, U.S. bank robbers committed 5,628 bank jobs which netted $43 million. So the average bank robbery took in a little more than $7500. And 22% of the time, the criminals were caught and the money was returned.


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How to Report a Scam

The types of scams thieves can utilize are virtually limitless, and the prevalence of social networking and the ever-increasing use of technology in everyday lives have made these scams all the more simple to perpetrate.  If you have fallen victim to a scam, or even if you’ve only been targeted but were quick enough to spot the scam for what it was before volunteering your personal information, there are a few quick steps you can take to properly report the scam, in the hopes that the thief will not be able to victimize more unsuspecting consumers in the future.

Are You at Risk for Identity Theft? Take the Quiz

Maybe you have heard about identity theft in the news.  Perhaps you even know someone who has become a victim.  However, identity theft still remains one of those things that always happens “to someone else”. If you have wondered if it could happen to you then here is a quick quiz to gauge how at risk you are for becoming a victim of identity theft. Answer the questions below and add up the corresponding numbers to get your score:



The Military and Identity Theft

When the brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces are deployed for duty, the last thing on their mind should be whether or not someone will steal their identity while they are gone.


Facebook ITRC Survey

The Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC), a nationally recognized non-profit focusing on identity theft and related issues, has just launched a Facebook Social Media Survey to measure interaction trends between internet users and Facebook.  The ITRC is conducting this survey in order to better help victims with Facebook-related identity theft concerns and issues.





Craigslist Scams

Craigslist has become one of the prominent online tools to find…well just about anything.  From job offers, to used cars, the site is one of the most convenient and comprehensive ways to buy or sell nearly any good or service.  The ease of use and lack of expense draws all sorts of people to the site…and cyber criminals, fraudsters, and identity thieves are no exception.

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No, You Didn’t Win the Lottery

Have you ever received an email from the United Nations compensation Fund about a large sum of money that you are entitled to? At one point or another, we have all received these types of emails. The content of the emails may change, however, the ultimate goal of those behind the scenes remains the same – to get you to give them money or your personal information… which of course they will then use to get your money.

Wifi Hacking and Identity Theft Rise on the Road: How to Protect Yourself When You Travel

When Americans hit the road, identity theft goes through the roof. That’s because travelers rely more heavily on wireless devices that can be hacked or lost.  They’re also distracted or disoriented when they’re away from home which makes them ideal targets for data thieves. Learn what you can to do to prevent your life from being stolen when you’re away from home.


Selling Consumers’ Privacy: How You Can Protect Yourself from Identity Theft and Credit Fraud

Have you ever wondered why some companies seem to know more about you than your friends and relatives do?  That could be because your personal information is a commodity that’s sold by credit bureaus – not only to lenders, but to other companies that sell it and resell it. According to the FTC, three of those credit report resellers unknowingly handed over 1,800 consumer credit reports to hackers because their security procedures were so lax.  Find out what you can do to protect your identity when your privacy is for sale.


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Learn All About The Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC)

Editor’s Note:  Every Wednesday Nikki Junker from the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) guest posts a piece that relates to identity theft. This week we asked her to tell our readers about The ITRC and the resources available.

Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) was established in December 1999 to support victims of identity theft in resolving their cases, and to broaden public education and awareness in the understanding of identity theft. In addition to victim services and consumer education, ITRC works in partnership with other groups and agencies involved in the battle against this crime.