Identity theft (speech)

Essay by Jennifer willisA+, November 1996

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Boo! Are you scared? You should be, you see I'm a ghost and everyday I tap in to the information cyber world. And everyday I have access to you. Worse yet I could be you. According to the secret service approximatly one half a billion dollars is lost every year to identity theft online. What people don't seem to realize is that the internet world is just like any other community. so it's safe to assume the cyberworld would act as any natural community would with entrapranaurs, vast corperations, little guys selling warez, doctors visiting patients in their cyber offices, church organazations, and cyber crime as well as cyber criminals. With so many new users signing on everyday the cyber world has become a tourast trap so to speak where nameless faceless conartists work the crowds. Ghosts. Anybody can fall victem to a ghost. Nobody is really truely safe because our personal information is distrubted like candy on halloween.

We use our social security numbers as identification numbers Credit card num

bers are printed on every receipt. And our liscense number is used on a daily basis. Despite this there are ways to prevent yourself from falling victem to identity theft. you see a criminal likes easy prey. They don't want to have to work for it. It's like locking your car at the mall, sure someone might break in anyway, but chance are if your doors are lock the will probably move on to another car. First off... Never give your credit card number online out unless you are positive that the company you are dealing with is legitimate and reputable. If you aren't sure call the better burough of business. Never give out your social security number unless you absolutly have to, the only times you are...