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Identity Theft Terms

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. "he was convicted of fraud" ยท [more]
identity theft the fraudulent acquisition and use of a person's private identifying information, usually for financial gain.
peer-to-peer 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 Antivirus or anti-virus software sometimes known as anti-malware software, is computer software used to prevent, detect and remove malicious software. Antivirus software was originally developed to detect and remove computer viruses, hence the name.
better business bureau Better Business Bureau is any of a nationwide system of local organizations, supported by business, whose function is to receive and investigate customer complaints of dishonest business practices.
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 Equifax Inc. is a consumer credit reporting agency. Equifax collects and aggregates information on over 800 million individual consumers and more than 88 million businesses worldwide.
transunion TransUnion is the second oldest credit bureau out of the three major ones in the U.S.
experian Experian is a global Credit Bureau having presence in the US, Europe and Asia. It is one of the 4 Reserve Bank of India approved credit bureau companies which accumulates credit data from all banks.
international revenue service The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is 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.
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