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Identity Theft Terms

Spyware Software that enables a user to obtain covert information about another's computer activities.
Dumpster Diving An identity thief goes through trash in order to search for documents which contain personal information.
Firewall A part of a computer system/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, and/or banknote.
Fraud A wrongful or criminal deception intended to result in financial or personal gain.
Identity Theft A fraudulent acquisition and use of a person's private identifying information, usually for financial gain.
Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Relating to computer networks in which each computer can act as a server for the others, it allowing shared access to files without the need for a central server.
Phishing A 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 Spying on the user of an ATM, computer, or other electronic device in order to obtain their personal access information.
Snail mail An ordinary postal system as opposed to email.
Scams A fraudulent activity.
Anti-Virus Software A computer software used to prevent, detect and remove malicious software.
Better Business Bureau A private non-profit organizations that collects and reports information to help consumers make informed decisions when dealing with businesses.
Federal Trade Commission A federal agency that administers antitrust and consumer protection legislation in pursuit of free and fair competition in the marketplace.
Equifax A consumer credit reporting agency.
TransUnion One of the largest credit bureaus present in the United States.
Experian A global Credit Bureau
Internal Revenue Service It is the division of the U.S. Department of the Treasury that collects internal revenue, including income taxes and excise taxes, and that enforces revenue laws.
Solicitations The request for something, usually money.
Spam Any irrelevant or inappropriate messages sent on the Internet to a large number of recipients.
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