The American Psychiatric Association has not formally recognized the symptoms of being a victim of identity theft as meeting the standards for a PTSD diagnosis, but some psychiatrists believe that the symptoms are quite similar. The Identity Theft Recovery Center, the first organization to study the emotional impact of identity theft on victims, found that victims of identity theft suffer from symptoms resembling the symptoms of PTSD.
Many of us have heard of the terms “cash cow,” “Midas touch,” and there is also the mythical goose that laid the golden eggs, but have you heard of a “Golden Cash Network?” You may think this is a new form of ATM machine but it is really a shopping mall for those looking for a quick and easy way to steal information, data and expand their spamming efforts through the use of bots and Trojans that make their way onto just about anyone’s computer.
Ten steps everyone should know to protect themselves from identity theft, credit card fraud, medical identity theft and additional crimes after their wallet or purse is stolen.
Finding information about an individual’s personal life and wheareabouts used to be next to impossible. Even something as simple as verification of birthdates required a special visit to a government office or a trip to the hospital where the birth occurred. There were few other avenues available, and the necessary work to confirm these records led many to abandon the goal alltogether.
Sometimes the identity thief isn’t just hacked into your computer but is actually hooked into your family circle. Sometimes it’s even dear old Dad, or Grandpa. Find out about this father who will be winning no awards this Father’s Day.
The latest and greatest round of ATM fraud in the United States and abroad. Find out how ATM fraud happens and what you can do to about it.
Do you use a GPS system? Have you activated it on your cell phone in case of emergencies? Maybe you use OnStar or other navigation systems for your car. Well, guess what, the police are using GPS too, and the next time they use it, it could be on you.