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9 Apr 2004 @ 04:23, by Flemming Leer Jakobsen

Msnbc.com reports about phishing, identity theft and fraud in this ID theft victims face tough bank fights (feb. 18 ´04) article.

In general don´t give out your credit card number based on a mail that threatens to close your account. Also be very aware not to disclose your bank account via phone. The article describes one elderly woman who fell victim of a telemarketing scam last year.

The article has a checklist to help clean up after a identity theft.

One reason for me not getting the government sponsored digital signature here in Denmark. I simply do not trust it.

Check for spyware
Also if your receive a lot of spam. Check your pc for spyware. Spyware collects data on your pc about email adresses, surfing behavior, credit cards and transmits it to spammers or con (wo)men.

For windows based use Spybot Search and destroy 1.2 links to download.com.com/3000-8022-10194058.html?tag=lst-0-2

Remember to download the latest reference database to clean out the latest spyware. The authors site is currently under heavy load due to awareness of spyware. http://www.safer-networking.org/


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