Identity Theft, Fraud & You – Your Public Profiles Make it Simple


You’re proud of your achievements and accomplishments. You’re also proud of all your family members have achieved.

While you have decided to share this information with friends, family, and acquaintances, you may also be sharing it with cybercriminals looking to steal your identity.

According to your family tree profile, Uncle Bob’s son, John, is your first cousin on your mother’s side. Under your own profile, you have entered the day, month, year, and place in which you were born.

Your photo on the site clearly identifies you standing next to your nephew. You have brown hair and blue eyes. Because your nephew is about 6 years old, it’s easy to estimate that you are average height.

By the way, congratulations on the new job. I see that you updated your LinkedIn profile. You have accepted a job at CNN and are moving to the Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta.

Thanks to your very public display of achievement and accomplishments, I know your birthday, height, weight, mother’s maiden name, workplace, and can get a PO box in your neighborhood that is easy to verify as close to where you live.

Maybe I’ll order a credit card in your name, rent a car, and take a vacation. Good luck finding me. But it sure was easy to find you. Thanks!

Don’t forget, cybercriminals are very intelligent professionals looking to achieve specific ends when they go trolling on the internet looking for victims. Just like walking down the street at 3 a.m. in a large city, you need to practice situational awareness online as well.

While Commtouch technology protects you from incoming scams, you need to be vigilant against facilitating scams by over-broadcasting other aspects of your life.

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