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Identity Theft

TermDefinition
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 Search through dumpsters or similar trash receptacles for edible food or items of value.
Firewall A part of a computer system or network which 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 (P2P) Denoting or relating to computer networks in which each computer can act as a server for the others, allowing shared access to files and peripherals without the need for a central server.
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 A program or set of programs that are designed to prevent, search for, detect, and remove software viruses, and other malicious software like worms, trojans, adware, and more.
Experian One of the major credit reporting agencies.
Internal Revenue Service (IRS) A bureau of the Department of Treasury that is tasked with the enforcement of income tax laws and oversees the collection of federal income taxes.
Solicitations The act of asking for or trying to obtain something from someone.
Spam Irrelevant or inappropriate messages sent on the Internet to a large number of recipients.
Created by: jbowers21