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Identity Theft

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Dumpster Diving
Going into a trash can for documents that can be used for identity theft
Extended Fraud Alert
An alert that lasts for seven years which permits creditors to get your credit report only after they take steps to verify your identity
Firewall
Software that protects your personal information by blocking it from an outside source
Forgery
An item that is falsely made or copied in order to deceive people
Fraud
The crime of using dishonest methods to take something valuable from another person
Identity Theft
The crime of obtaining someone else's personal data and using it for financial gain or to defraud or deceive
Imposter
Someone pretending to be another person
Phishing
To try to obtain financial or other confidential information from Internet users, typically by sending an email that looks as if it is from a legitimate organization, but contains a link to a fake website that replicates the real one
Scam
A fraudulent activity that results in a quick or easy profit for one person and a financial loss for the other person
Security Freeze
A precautionary measure that stops all access to your credit report
Shoulder Surfing
The act of listening in or looking over someone's shoulder to gain information used to commit fraud
Skimming
An electronic method of stealing a victim's credit card numbers and then using the information to make fraudulent purchases
Temporary Fraud Alert
An initial alert that indicates to anyone requesting your credit file that you suspect you are a victim of fraud
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