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Identify Theft Terms

Spyware Software that enables a user to obtain covert information about another's computer activities
Dumpster Diving The practice of raiding dumpsters to find discarded items that are still useful
Firewall Legal barriers that prevent both the transference of inside information and the performance of financial transactions
Forgery The action of forging or producing a copy of a document, signature, banknote, or work of a art
Fraud Wrongful or criminal deception intended to result in financial or personal gain
Identity Theft The fraudulent acquisition and use of a person's private identifying information, usually for financial gain
Peer-to-peer Allowing shared access to files and peripherals without the need for a central server
Phishing The activity of defrauding an online account holder of financial information by posing as a legitimate company
Shoulder Surfing The practice of spying on the user of an ATM, computer, or other electronic device in order to obtain their personal access information
Snail Mail The ordinary postal system as opposed to e-mail
Scams A dishonest scheme; fraud
Anti-Virus Software Computer software used to prevent, detect and remove malicious software
Better Business Bureau A nationwide system of local organizations which aims to promote ethical business practices
Federal Trade Commission A federal agency, that administers antitrust and consumer protection in pursuit of free and fair competition in the marketplace
Equifax A consumer credit reporting agency in the U.S. that is considered one of the three largest American credit agencies along with Experian and TransUnion
TransUnion An American company that provides credit information and information management services
Experian One of the three major credit bureaus in the U.S. that is responsible for providing those in the business of lending credit or money
Internal Revenue Service A United States government agency that is responsible for the collection and enforcement of taxes
Solicitations A request for money for example buying a fancy house that costs a lot of money
Spam Unwanted junk e-mail that is sent to thousands of people
Created by: droehner19