Online Identity Theft

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Using widely available Internet tools, internet thieves trick unsuspecting computer users into providing personal data, which they then use for illicit purposes, causing mistrust of online payment and banking services.  This book defines identity theft and studies how it is perpetrated, outlines what is being done to combat the major types of ID theft, and recommends specific ways that ID theft can be addressed in an effective, global manner.



The Scope of Online Identity Theft

Part I of this book examines the multiple facets of the ID theft problem and the different methods used to perpetrate ID theft via the Internet. Chapter 2 describes the techniques implemented by ID thieves to lure victims online, which increasingly involve the use of spam and malware, and how thieves abuse this stolen information. Chapter 3 focuses on ID theft victims. It draws on the available statistical data reflecting victims’ complaints and losses trends, and it questions whether ID theft is more prevalent off line than on line.


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