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Web Stalkers
Chapter 8 -
Identity Theft

Social Engineering Techniques for Identity Theft

If the company responsible for the survey is actually legitimate, they will most likely keep personal information safe and secure.  It is still possible, however, for those forms to be lost, stolen or copied.  Whoever obtains them has the power to cause many people a lot of headaches.

Another way criminals use social engineering to gather information about an individual is through casual conversation.  What about that seemingly nice person in the coffee shop that was so friendly and interested in the job of the person casually sitting next to them?  They may have just been a friendly person; however, they may have been learning about that individual in order to get one step closer to stealing their identity.

Phony ATMs and Identity Theft

WIXOM, MI -- U.S. Secret Service agents and Wixom police have arrested a man accused of stealing more than $3.5 million by installing ATM machines across the country and stealing customers' account numbers (The Detroit News, December 5, 2003)

The criminal in the news story actually purchased ATM machines and set them up as if they were legitimate ATMs.  He then used card numbers and PIN codes of unsuspecting ATM users to steal from their bank accounts.  Although the specifics are not mentioned in this news item, it is not a unique story.  Sometimes, as in this case, the entire machine is a fake.

Other times, criminals will attach a duplicate card reader to the front of the machine along with a small digital video camera, which allows them to witness a user entering their PIN, all from the comfort of the criminal’s laptop that can be up to 200 meters away. 

The above text is an excerpt from:

Web Stalkers
Protect yourself from Internet Criminals & Psychopaths
ISBN 0-97-45993-9-5

by Donald K. Burleson, Stephen Andert

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