Fraud of all types is a widespread problem that requires constant vigilance. A January 2012 survey by the UK’s National Fraud Authority found that 9.4% of adults had been a victim of identity theft fraud in the previous 12 months. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission estimates that 9% of fraudulent offers come through the telephone and 29% of fraudulent product purchases are made by phone.
Identity theft protection
Because you trust a cloud provider with your personal and/or corporate information, it is important that they verify your identity each time you log in. The best kind of identity verification tool is some sort of two-factor authentication device. Two-factor authentication is “something you know,” like your username, and “something you have.”
All this Internet openness has made it much easier for people to be preyed upon by con artists who specialize in affinity fraud, using someone’s connection to certain groups to gain their trust and ultimately their life savings.
Yes, your SIM card has a serial number and it is different from your IMEI. You can normally find your SIM serial number (SSN) on the side of the card. The SSN typically has 19 digits and contains specific details about your operator, your location, and when it was made. The SSN is sometimes called the ICC-ID (Integrated Circuit Card ID).
If you think or know you have been phished, report the phishing email to the proper authority. For example, if it's a credit card phishing email, report the email to the issuing bank. If you have given your banking or credit card information, immediately close the account and open a new one. In the future, be suspicious of all unsolicited or unexpected emails you receive, even if they appear to come from a trusted source. Your bank will never ask you to confirm any of your personal information by clicking a link to visit a Web site.