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Keeping Your Identity Your Own Amy Ginther, Project NEThics Coordinator OIT Town Meeting August 24, 2005.

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1 Keeping Your Identity Your Own Amy Ginther, Project NEThics Coordinator OIT Town Meeting August 24, 2005

2 The Range of Dangers Fee fraud hoax ShareYourExperiences.com and Word-of-Mouth.org Work from home scam Phishing Pharming Evil Twins

3 Types of Data Compromise Data loss Data theft Identity theft

4 How to Identify Scam Messages Fraudulent messages only offer one means of communication with the company. Look for awkward writing, grammatical and spelling errors in messages—they abound! Fraudulent messages begin with a general greeting; you are not identified by name; messages may be directed to multiple addressees Dangerous messages may contain attachments that load software to enable thieves to record your keystrokes

5 Legit? PayPal notice “…and we have reasons to belive that your account was hijacked by a third party” “If you choose to ignore our request, you leave us no choise but to temporaly suspend your account.” PayPal logo on legitimate Web site (http://www.paypal.com/) always appears with trademarkhttp://www.paypal.com/

6 Additional Tips to Avoid Victimization Don’t react to the urgent or obligatory nature of the message Don’t click on links to reach a company…they can take you to an illegitimate site. Instead, type the URL into a browser window to go to a secure (https) site. Your legitimate service provider should require you to authenticate using an established user ID and password to login To avoid connecting to evil twin, turn off Wi-Fi function when not in use

7 Steps to Take if You Become a Victim 1. Contact your creditors and banks immediately. 2. Begin keeping records 3. Flag your credit file for fraud. Go to 4. Review your credit reports 5. Report the crime 6. Address public record errors

8 What Compromised Agency Should Do Communicate with you Explain the nature of compromise and the likelihood of data theft Advise you of steps to take (fraud alert) Web site for more information and other resources How to expect that you will be contacted Do not release personal information in response to contacts which you have not initiated Steps agency has taken to mitigate situation, protect information

9 Other Self-Protection Strategies Next time you have checks printed, have only your initials and last name printed on them; have them sent to your bank for pickup Do not sign the back of your credit cards; instead, write “Photo ID Required” Do not put the full account number on the “for” line of your checks when paying bills, just use the last four numbers Put your work phone on your checks instead of home phone Photocopy the contents of your wallet


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