Identity Theft Expert Speaker Robert Siciliano


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ROBERT SICILIANO, CEO of is fiercely committed to informing, educating, and empowering Americans so they can be protected from violence and crime in the physical and virtual worlds. His “tell it like it is” style is sought after by major media outlets, executives in the C-Suite of leading corporations, meeting planners, and community leaders to get the straight talk they need to stay safe in a world in which physical and virtual crime is commonplace. Siciliano is accessible, real, professional, and ready to weigh in and comment at a moment’s notice on breaking news. His goal is simple – to wake up and empower people across Main Street USA so they can avoid becoming victims of crime. His personal security and identity theft expertise are assets to any program or organization that demands straight talk, common sense, and potentially life and property saving results right now. Whether he is speaking on camera, to a reporter, or sharing his identity theft and width="288"personal security stories and tips as a keynote speaker or workshop leader, Siciliano’s direct and to-the-point tone of voice can be counted on to raise hackles, capture attention, and – most importantly – inspire and empower action. He wants people everywhere to do the right things to keep family, data, and property safe. Audience members describe his credible, from-the-trenches advice as life-changing and life saving. Siciliano’s media credentials include hard hitting and provocative contributions to The Today Show, CBS Early Show, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, Fox News, Inside Edition, EXTRA, Tyra Banks, Sally Jessie, Montel, Maury, Howard Stern, USA Today, Forbes, BusinessWeek, Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, Reader’s Digest, Consumer Digest, Smart Money, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and many more. In addition to his role as a frequently quoted television news correspondent, Siciliano is the author of “The Safety Minute:” Living on High Alert – How to Take Control of Your Personal Security and Prevent Fraud.” Chief Executive Officers, Chief Information Officers, and Boards of Directors from leading corporations such as McAfee Anti-Virus, Intelius, ADT and Uni-Ball Corporation rely upon Siciliano’s insights, perspectives, and guidance to bring additional fire power and protections to their system and customer security initiatives. Each day, Siciliano consumes at least three hours of media. He subscribes to over 500 RSS feeds, and he monitors over 100 Google Alerts to stay up to speed and in the know about all matters relating to personal and information security. “I’m always on top of what is new and ahead of what is next with respect to all things personal security,” Siciliano says. Along his 29-year career path, he’s studied martial arts, self defense, human behavior, white collar crime, cyber crime, and identity theft. He’s even worked as a bar room bouncer and a personal body guard. His lifelong and personal interest in these subjects is an asset to those who engage and benefit from his expertise. Security is a wide and deep topic. Security is personal, physical and informational. Robert discusses all aspects of security as they relate to violence and fraud prevention in both the physical and virtual worlds. He can show you how to keep home invaders from assaulting you and taking your family hostage or keeping criminal hackers from accessing your network and downloading client data. He provides topical, timely and cutting edge programs your group needs and wants. Each program is developed based on the consensus of the group and can be customized to your exact specifications.

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  • Scammer Guilty of $2.7 Million Online Auction Fraud


    Auction scams are messy. Consumers who are new to the world of online
    auctions are more likely to fall victim to deals that are too good to
    be true. Victims either get stuck with inferior or counterfeit goods, or
    they are charged and never receive the purchased item at all.

    My spouse used eBay to search for skin care products, and was
    pleasantly surprised by the low prices she found for the products she
    wanted. Since she doesn’t have much experience with eBay, she called me
    over to help her complete the transaction. I saw that the seller had no
    feedback from previous buyers, and suggested that my wife hold off on
    the purchase. She begrudgingly agreed with me, and the next day when she
    logged in, the seller had been suspended from eBay. (I told her I’m
    wicked smart!)

    If it looks like it might be fraud, it probably is.

    A Romanian man recently pled guilty
    to charges of wire fraud and conspiracy before a Chicago judge, after
    having acted as a money mule in a scheme that scammed eBay, Craigslist,
    and AutoTrader users out of $2.7 million. The man’s associates in
    Romania used auction websites to sell nonexistent cars, motorcycles, and
    RVs. Buyers paid by wiring money to the scammers’ accounts, but never
    received the expensive items they had supposedly purchased.

    Online classified and auction websites could prevent fraud
    and protect their users by incorporating device reputation management.
    One anti-fraud service getting lots of attention for delivering fast and
    effective results is
    ReputationManager 360
    by iovation Inc. This software-as-a-service incorporates device
    identification, device reputation and real-time risk profiling. It is
    used by hundreds of online businesses to prevent fraud and abuse in real
    time by analyzing the computer, smartphone, or tablet connecting to
    their online properties.

    While iovation does not collect any personally identifiable
    information (PII) from their business clients, they have a very unique
    view into the connections between computers and the accounts they
    access. For example, what might typically look like one transaction to a
    single auction site is often a coordinated attack across multiple
    sites.  When a group of devices hits multiple sites, across various
    industries, iovation can detect the attacks through velocity triggers
    and shared experiences across their customer base to alert the affected
    business and thwart the attacks.

    A device reputation check used on a scammer setting up a new account
    in an online action site would stop him at the front door, leaving no
    chance to post fake items for sale which would soon cause damage to the
    business and its customers.

    eBay makes safety recommendations
    for users, and the first rule is to use eBay’s built in payment system,
    and not to use alternate payment methods, like wiring money.

    Never provide sensitive personal information like your account
    password, a credit card or bank account number, or your Social Security
    number in an email.

    Before you bid or buy on eBay, know your seller. Look at your
    seller’s feedback ratings, score, and comments to get an idea of their
    reputation within the eBay marketplace.

    I generally recommend using PayPal to help prevent online identity
    theft. If you use your credit card, check your statements frequently and
    refute any unauthorized charges immediately.

    Robert Siciliano, personal security and identity theft expert contributor to iovation, discusses scammers and thieves on The Big Idea with Donnie Deutsch. Disclosures.





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