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Web Stalkers
Chapter 8 -
Identity Theft

Fake Websites and Identity Theft

A fake web site exists when someone creates a web page that imitates another legitimate one.  For example, is the official web page for the Citigroup family of companies.  If someone were to setup a web page at and were to make it look like it was the official page for the Citigroup family of companies; that would be a fake website.  It would also be a violation of many copyright and trademark laws and would likely be shut down very quickly. 

However, before being shut down, if an innocent victim happened across it and did not realize that this was not the legitimate Citigroup website, they might enter private information like their account number and PIN.  This information, when collected by the creator of the fake site could be used to start a shopping spree using the victim’s credit card.

Double Check URL’s - When conducting business online, always verify the address in the browser to make sure the name matches the company. 

Phishing for Identity

When people say something smells fishy, they mean that it might not be good.  Phishing is another way for identity thieves to harvest private information, and there is definitely nothing good about that. The basic scam involves receiving an e-mail from a nonexistent company.  The messages usually warn that something bad will happen if one does not follow the instructions, or the message provides some other reasonable reason for the user to go to the bogus website.

The above text is an excerpt from:

Web Stalkers
Protect yourself from Internet Criminals & Psychopaths
ISBN 0-97-45993-9-5

by Donald K. Burleson, Stephen Andert

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