ID Theft & Scams


  • If you are reading this, you’re a possible target for Internet scams. Just by having an email address, you are a target. It really is that simple.
  • College students are victimized by identity theft more than any other age group.
  • Types of theft include hackers gaining access to personal information from databases, phishing e-mails or pop-ups which persuade users to disclose personal information, and cases in which personal information was sold to illegitimate organizations.
  • People can protect their identity by limiting the amount of personal information they disclose and being aware of various scams.
  • Listed below are brief descriptions of a few popular scams. To learn more on these scams and how to protect yourself, follow the links to the Federal Trade Commission webpages


Auctions and Online Buying

eBay and other online auction sites have dominated the way consumers buy goods. Since the majority of internet scams are from online sales gone bad it is even more important […]
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Lottery Scams

WINNING NOTIFICATION! Your subject line says you’ve won, but you haven’t. Lottery scams are not very different from Nigerian money scams. The difference is that the emails notifies readers that […]
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Nigerian Money Offers and letter 419

Most everyone who has an email box has received one of these. The basic concept is that someone from a foreign country sends a letter to the user.s inbox which […]
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Phishing Email

Phishing (pronounced “fishing”) is a process by which someone tries to obtain your private information using deceptive means, usually by sending an email that appears to come from a business, […]
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Resources

Click read more for links to FTC ID Theft Resource Page, Anti-Phishing Working Group, Internet Fraud Watch, Internet Crime Complaint Center, FBI Internet Fraud, and Privacy Rights Clearing House.
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