Identity theft took a lift off once the internet boom allowed identity thieves a chance to access a world full of information from the comfort of their homes. This new epidemic opened doors to some of the most life-changing theft crimes in the industry. Now, we are cautious of web site protection features and scam techniques exist for potential victims to be exposed to numerous scam sites. This advanced attempt to steal other’s information has evolved over the last ten years of the internet’s history. The perpetrators have adapted more flexible approaches to gathering information through ‘phishing’, phony websites, and email campaigns.
Misdirected links to websites can lead you into a thief’s direction if you do not pay attention to the directions posted. Many identity thieves recognize the efficiency of the internet and use it to their advantage by purchasing domain names. These domain names are inserted or spammed across message boards across the internet. This history of identity theft can be traced back to the notorious goons who implemented phony websites and fake job offers to job seekers. In his pursuit, victims followed a variety of instructions from emailed job offers that promised a boosting income. For some, those promises never came because bad credit followed their submission of their information.
Domain names are set up to bring in traffic to sign up for sweepstakes, giveaways, and gift card offerings. Thieves know that many people will click on sites that could take all of their information without thinking. Please be cautious because you may become a statistic in the history of identity theft while surfing the internet. Mindless surfing has led to millions experiencing identity theft without their knowing.
It is suggested to use a pop-up blocker or firewall to keep these offering out of sight. The temptation to click on a promising offer could lead to unwanted effects such as a bad credit report because the perpetrators attach a Trojan to your system. Trojans have played a role in the history of identity theft on the internet because spyware software does not detect it well.
Identity thieves use lead generation information to contact possible victims through email campaigns. Some of the emails contain links to their phony websites to obtain further details of your life such as your phone number, income level, credit card and social security numbers. Be aware of alerts in emails because they could be a scam artist waiting for you to fall into their trap. The history of identity theft by email campaigns has reached an epidemic number – one million and more victims within the last year. These numbers are very disturbing because email filters do not block the offers from young children and elders alike. Your understanding of the history of identity theft will gear you towards protective measures to counter these scams.