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Internet Identity Theft Prevention

Use caution when disclosing checking account numbers, credit card numbers, or other personal financial data at any website or online service location unless you receive a secure authentication key from your provider.

Look for the ā€œSā€ after HTTP in the website address. Although an HTTPS address is used by legitimate websites it is not a guarantee that the site is safe.

Beware of e-mail solicitations disguised as promotions offering instant prizes or awards designed solely to obtain your personal information or credit card numbers.

When ordering a product over the Internet find out about the reputation of the company before you buy.

Confirm the business location using search tools to see if it exists or if the business type matches the surrounding area.

Use a good and current anti-virus program to screen files and links.

Do not click on links or open any attachments that are suspicious.

Do not fall for scams that claim that you are an heir to a fortune, a lottery winner, or you can assist a person in getting funds out of their country.

Avoid solicitations that claim to be from a relative or friend in urgent need of cash to aid them in getting out of jail, paying for emergency surgery, or in obtaining emergency funds in a foreign land (such as the stolen wallet story).

Last updated: 10/21/2011 11:57:04 AM