Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Beware of the Net - People Phishing

Aaron Brown, CNN anchor, tonight brought to viewers' attention the threat of ID theft through phishing and other unscrupulous methods. One victim, a 3 week old baby and a 3 year old kid. This is a billion dollar industry. Less than 1 in 700 cases are prosecuted [in the US]. Maureen won't even share her surname now. After the loss of a wallet her credit score was destroyed as the 'scammers' used her details and took out a number of credit accounts. Many of the credit companies cleared up the problem and wiped the bills after she brought it to their attention. Capital One however took her to court. Even the police report failed to convince the company. They eventually dropped the case, but did not, however, offer an apology. That is until CNN contacted them, although they refused an on-air interview.
And careful what you say in your e-mails sent from work! Your boss might just be reading TOO!

So the watch word for the day is Watch What You Watch and Be Careful What You Say
RELATED LINKS - ZDNet / Guardian

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