Identity theft usually occurs for the purpose of economic gain for criminals. It happens when we have accidently received programs which have allowed hackers/scammers access to our phones or computers which have our personal and sensitive information on them. It can also occur when we have simply made so much personal information available to the public through programs, websites and applications, such as facebook, twitter, pinterest, or ones that we have unsuspectingly joined with the click of one button. Identity theft can be avoided by being more conscious about the information we are making freely available to the public. Scammers are also people that we need to be aware of and typically scammers are usually also looking to gain financially. Scammers are people who come up with sometimes very elaborate stories to gain your pity or trust and once this has occurred they will usually persuade you into doing pretty much whatever they want you to. Scammers are usually on the lookout for victims through social media websites, and emailing seems to also be a popular method of reeling in unsuspecting victims. To avoid becoming a victim of scammers and identity thieves online, it’s important to be aware of the information that you are making easily available on the web and to also be wary about suspect emails or other information that you are receiving.
Relaying the message to students about scammers and identity theft is crucial in ensuring online safety and awareness. There are endless forms of information which can be used to help get these messages across and keep ourselves and our students safe.
Federal trade commision. (2014). Identity theft. Retrieved from http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/feature-0014-identity-theft
Security first insurance company.(2012). Prevent identity theft with these top 5 tips. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyNRYaPD8vA