December 3, 2004
Dear CNET members,
Welcome back! With the holiday season in high gear, I hear a lot about the ever-growing concern with identity theft and fraud. As confident as I am about shopping online and protecting my identity, this week's dose of member submissions gave me a wake-up call about my own security methods. So Gloria and all members, I hope you find this week's winning answer by Gary and the other great advice from our members helpful. Please join us in the discussion and share more, especially if you have previously been a victim of identity theft or fraud, because we'd like to commiserate with you and learn from your stories. The more we contribute to each other's education, the better off we'll all be. Thank you for your participation! BTW, while the poll on the green background for this newsletter was almost a 50/50 split decision, I decided that the readability issue outweighed the cool factor of the green background. So as a compromise, you're looking at the change--simple but efficient. I hope you like it. Thank you all for the e-mail and participation in the poll.
Member Question of the WeekI am not comfortable submitting personal information online when making a purchase. I know more and more people who are victims of identity theft, and with the shopping season fast approaching, I want to protect myself. Is there anything I can do prevent identity theft?
Submitted by: Gloria S. of Vineland, New JerseyFirst of all, the term identity theft is often confused with identity fraud, and while you should protect yourself against both activities, I think your concern about using the Internet to make online purchases is mostly regarding identity fraud; that is, you are concerned that someone else will use your credit card or login information to make purchases on your credit card or to gain access to your financial accounts. This article titled Identity Theft and Fraud Debates Slow Financial Service Industry Response that was recently brought to my attention by www.merchant911.org, and it explains...
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Best regards and enjoy!
I'm not talking about trout fishing, but getting scammed by cleverly designed e-mail to gain access to your financial logins and passwords. If you are unaware of what phishing is, take a look at this discussion and find out before you get taken. If you've been scammed before by this sneaky tactic, share your experience with us so that we can all learn from it.
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