Identity Theft By Dillon Chaney and James Fowler
Basic Terms • Identity theft: When someone steals another identity, usually to obtain credit or other benefits in that person’s name • Phishing: Attempting to acquire passwords and other info by posing as a trustworthy individual. • Cybercrime: Committing a crime using computers or the internet. • Credit report: A detailed report of a person’s credit history.
The beginning • While shopping online, I used a debit card on an unsecure website and my pin was stolen. From then on, the hacker had access to my money, social security number, and other personal information. • My wife ended up leaving me alone with only the dog for company, since she couldn’t deal with our financial crisis. • (Unfortunately, I had to eat the dog)
The consequences… Continued • Soon, I was extremely stressed out and developed severe anxiety and was unable to continue my job • I had no money left in my bank, and couldn’t find a job because no company would hire me because of the damage to my reputation caused by the hacker. • I spent the rest of my time on the streets, begging, and eventually got arrested on purpose so I could have 3 hotsand a cot.
Don’t let it happen to you • If you don’t want to end up like me, listen close. • Never give out any personal information to anyone you aren’t absolutely sure is a legitimate businessman. • Shred documents with personal information attached to them. • If you are shopping online, make sure the site is safe. • Issue a stop payment with credit cards and banks if your information is stolen.