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Identity Theft Terms

Spyware software that enables a user to obtain covert information about another's computer activities by transmitting data covertly from their hard drive.
Dumpster Diving a technique used to retrieve information that could be used to carry out an attack on a computer network.
Firewall a part of a computer system or network that is designed to block unauthorized access while permitting outward communication.
Forgery the action of forging or producing a copy of a document, signature, banknote, or work of 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 the fraudulent acquisition and use of a person's private identifying information, usually for financial gain.
Phishing the fraudulent practice of sending emails purporting to be from reputable companies in order to induce individuals to reveal personal information, such as passwords and credit card numbers.
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 email.
Scams a dishonest scheme; a fraud.
Anti-Virus Software (of software) designed to detect and destroy computer viruses.
Better Business Bureau a nonprofit organization focused on advancing marketplace trust
Federal Trade Commission a federal agency, established in 1914, that administers antitrust and consumer protection legislation in pursuit of free and fair competition in the marketplace.
Equifax a consumer credit reporting agency in the United States
TransUnion American company that provides credit information and information management services
Experian a global information services group
Internal Revenue Service is a U.S. government agency responsible for the collection of taxes and enforcement of tax laws.
Solicitations term usually refers to directly asking potential customers to purchase goods or services, rather than using advertisements.
Spam irrelevant or inappropriate messages sent on the Internet to a large number of recipients.
Created by: Makhdar17