As far as I know, LegalZoom is a legal service which offers help with document preparation, reviews, and general advice. Here’s a cut from their web site…
There are plenty of ways Identity Theft can be committed.
One way is by stealing people’s credit/debit card information. This can be done with a simple little device called a Card Reader or a skimmer. You’ve seen them before in grocery stores and at the gas station, but perhaps you never knew that they could be purchased, and be made small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. And if you didn’t know, a quick Google search would give you plenty of search results which would tell you what you needed to know about card readers. Take a look at a result I got
And hey, if you really had the technical know-how, you could get instructions on how to build a card reader.
Actual statistics about online Identity Theft
I found this today and thought I would share it here. It’s a summary from ABA Creative Web Services about a study done on online shopping and Internet-related fraud.
It is a commonly held belief that Internet use increases the chance of Identity theft. Thanks to a study by James Van Dyke this has all proven to be hype. Mr. Van Dyke had a hunch that the belief the Internet was causing an increase in identity theft and credit card fraud was not valid. The research he conducted debunks many of the myths between online activity and ID theft.
How hard must it be to turn your own daughter over to the police? Well I, for one, want to salute this mother. Pamela Blais turned in her own daughter for Identity Theft.
Her daughter, Ryanne Blais, took out not one, not two, but THREE credit cards in her mother’s name, racking up a total bill of over $15,000 in credit card debt.
The daughter’s response when she was caught, according to this article, was that she thought the whole situation would “just take care of itself”.
Here is a direct quote from a little web site (Sponsored by the IRS?) called Community Dispatch.
You Can Help Shut Down Phishing Schemes
The good news is that you can help shut down these schemes and prevent others from being victimized. If you receive a suspicious e-mail that claims to come from the IRS, you can relay that e-mail to a new IRS mailbox, email@example.com. Follow instructions in the link below for sending the bogus e-mail to ensure that it retains critical elements found in the original e-mail. The IRS can use the information, URLs and links in the suspicious e-mails you send to trace the hosting Web site and alert authorities to help shut down the fraudulent sites. Unfortunately, due to the expected volume, the IRS will not be able to acknowledge receipt or respond to you.
While the IRS has put together this video to help potential future victims of Identity Theft protect themselves, it’s really rather ridiculous…