Identity theft is a common type of fraud that does not discriminate. Anyone can be targeted; the victim might be a college student, a retiree, a schoolteacher or a successful attorney. Even businesses can be victims of identity theft.
This course discusses the types of identity fraud and provides guidance to prevent you, your business or even your children from becoming victims of identity theft.
Methods used by thieves to steal personal and business information including social engineering, pretexting and hacking
Types of identity theft schemes including financial, insurance, medical and business
Tips for preventing identity theft for individuals and businesses
Actions to take if you have become a victim of identity theft
Tips for educating employees to protect your organization from identity theft
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Table of Contents:
Lesson 1: Introduction to Identity Theft
Lesson 2: Types of Identity Theft Schemes
Lesson 3: How Identity Thieves Steal Information
Lesson 4: Identity Theft Prevention for Individuals
Lesson 5: Identity Theft Prevention for Businesses
You Will Learn How To:
Identify the groups most likely to be perpetrators of identity theft, as well as the groups most likely to be targeted
Compare common types of identity theft schemes
Recognize the methods identity thieves use to steal information from individuals and businesses
Determine the most effective methods of preventing identity theft for individuals
Ascertain the most effective methods of preventing identity theft for businesses
Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge
Last updated: March 2017
Please note: To be eligible for CPE credit, you must complete the final exam within one year of purchase date. You may only claim CPE credit for a course once.
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