Identity Theft

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2 Credits


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.

Key Takeaways:

  • 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



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

Table of Contents

Lesson 1 Introduction to Identity Theft
Lesson 2 Methods and 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

CPE Information

CPE Credit: 2
NASBA Information: Auditing
Advanced Preparation: None
Last Updated: May 2023
Delivery Method: QAS Self-Study


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