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RSN™ InfographicInfographic Infographics (a shortened word of "information" and "graphics") are graphic visual representations of information, data, or knowledge intended to present information quickly and clearly. They can improve your understanding of a topic by utilizing graphics. Infographics have evolved in recent years to be more useful for mass communications and thus are designed with fewer assumptions about the readers' knowledge base than other types of visualizations. – Are You Easy Bait For Identity Thieves?

Do You Know All The Ways An Identity Thief Can Target Victims Online?

There were over 15 million victims of identity fraudFraud In law, fraud is intentional deception to secure unfair or unlawful gain (money or other assets), or to deprive a victim of a legal right. Fraud can violate civil law (e.g., a fraud victim may sue the fraud perpetrator to avoid the fraud or recover monetary compensation) or criminal law (e.g., a fraud perpetrator may be prosecuted and imprisoned by governmental authorities), or it may cause no loss of money, property, or legal right but still be an element of another civil or criminal wrong. The purpose of fraud may be monetary gain or other benefits, for example by obtaining a passport, travel document, or driver's license, or mortgage fraud, where the perpetrator may attempt to qualify for a mortgage by way of false statements. A fraud can also be a hoax, which is a distinct concept that involves deliberate deception without the intention of gain or of materially damaging or depriving a victim. in 2016, and it is estimated that it doubled in 2017.

Javelin Research reports that overall fraud incidence rose 16% in 2016 to affect 6.15% of U.S. consumers, from 5.30% in 2015 — the highest on record.

Smart thieves are using new and increasingly convincing social engineeringSocial Engineering Social engineering is the psychological manipulation of people into performing actions or divulging confidential information. It is used as a type of confidence trick for the purpose of information gathering, fraud, or system access, it differs from a traditional "con" in that it is often one of many steps in a more complex fraud scheme. It has also been defined as "any act that influences a person to take any action that may or may not be in their best interests." tactics to obtain the confidential information they need to steal identities. Read the infographic below to learn some of the lesser known but still very common tactics an identity thief can use to access data and how you and your customers can avoid becoming their next victims!

Do you know all the ways an identity thief can target victims online?

Do you know all the ways an identity thief can target victims online?

ScamsScams A Scam is a confidence trick - a crime -  is an attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their trust through deception. Scams or confidence tricks exploit victims using their credulity, naïveté, compassion, vanity, irresponsibility, or greed and exploiting that. Researchers have defined confidence tricks as "a distinctive species of fraudulent conduct ... intending to further voluntary exchanges that are not mutually beneficial", as they "benefit con operators ('con men' - criminals) at the expense of their victims (the 'marks')". A scam is a crime even if no money was lost. have evolved to become much more than just loss of money for victims: scams often involve the loss of personally identifiable information (PII), which can give way to identity fraud. And identity fraud is nothing to shrug off. In fact, U.S. consumers – 29% to be exact – are now more concerned about fraud than they were just three years ago. Today, the risks are well-known and your customers are looking for protection.

We know “identity theftIdentity Theft Identity theft is when someone uses another person's personal identifying information, without their permission, to commit frau