Identity Theft Expert Speaker Robert Siciliano

 

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ROBERT SICILIANO, CEO of www.IDTheftSecurity.com 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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  • Tax Related Identity Theft Scams Up 300%

     

    Cases of stolen tax returns have surged over the past five years,
    leaving many identity theft victims struggling to recoup their lost
    refunds.


    Approximately 155 million tax forms are filed annually. This provides
    identity thieves with an opportunity to come out of the woodwork and
    steal from Americans who are just trying to pay their taxes correctly.


    A recent Scripps Howard News Service investigation
    analyzed more than 1.4 million ID theft records from the U.S. Federal
    Trade Commission from 2005 through early 2010.  In it they found that
    fraud complaints about stolen tax return-related identity theft jumped
    from 11,010 complaints in 2005 to 33,774 in 2009.  That’s nearly 300
    percent.


    Thieves may steal victims’ refunds, trick them into disclosing Social
    Security or credit card numbers, or even pose as the IRS. Below is
    more information for those common and lesser-known tax scams to watch
    out for.


    Employment Identity Theft Scams: If you ever receive
    documentation in the mail indicating earned income that you are not
    aware of, it may mean that someone else has used your Social Security
    number to gain employment.


    Account Takeover Scams: If, when filing your tax
    return, you receive a letter from the IRS saying that you have already
    filed, it it likely that someone else has filed a fraudulent return on
    your behalf, in order to steal your refund.


    Tax Preparer Scams: In an old scam that’s still in
    play, tax preparers tell clients they must pay back stimulus payments,
    and then pocket the money. Ads are also placed by scammers posing as
    accountants to get your returns. Make sure you do research and choose
    your tax preparer wisely.


    Late Payment Scam: As people fall behind on their
    taxes, lists are created and are printed in the local paper as public
    record. Thieves can use these lists to call unassuming people and pose
    as collectors.


    Internet Phishing Scams: The IRS doesn’t send
    emails. Phony IRS emails that try to lure taxpayers into giving out
    personal information are a common scam. The messages are generally
    intended to convince recipients to provide personal or financial
    information that enables the perpetrators to commit credit card or bank
    fraud, or other forms of identity theft. Unless you are actively
    engaged in dialogue with an IRS agent, do not respond to emails or
    phone calls supposedly coming from the IRS.


    IRS Scams: If a scammer posing as an IRS agent ever
    contacts you, they may already have some of your personal information,
    which they can use to try to convince you that they are actually from
    the IRS. This data could come from public records or even your trash.
    The scammer will often put pressure on you to comply with their request,
    or even offer you a tax refund.


    Here are some suggestions to protect yourself and make sure that you get your return:


    1. Protect yourself by filing early.
    It seems crazy to think that someone would fraudulently file taxes in
    your name, but it’s being done. Once they find a few W2s or other
    tax-related documents, they can file in your name and claim your refund
    before you’ve even begun the process. File before they do.


    2. Secure your mail with a locking mailbox. Mail is
    stolen every day, and tax forms tend to include Social Security
    numbers, making them especially valuable to a thief. Don’t send out
    your tax return by sticking it in your home mailbox. Instead, take it
    to the post office or use a big blue post office drop box.


    3. Protect your PC. Whether or not
    you file online, securing your PCs is essential. Make sure you have
    updated antivirus software, a two-way firewall, that you run spyware
    removal software regularly, and that your wireless Internet connection
    is protected with a network key.


    If you are ever a victim of a scam involving the IRS, you may be
    disappointed by the way it is handled by government agencies. They
    simply don’t allocate the resources to fix this problem proactively, nor
    are they adept at responding once it has occurred. The biggest issue
    is the thief’s privacy. Even if you think you know who is responsible,
    neither the IRS nor any other government agency will release that
    information. All you can do is follow the IRS’s instructions for
    resolving the issue. Be patient, as rectifying it may take many hours,
    days, or weeks. If you subscribe to an identity theft protection
    service, a fraud resolution agent may be able to help.


    McAfee Identity Protection
    includes proactive identity surveillance to monitor subscribers’ credit
    and personal information, as well as live access to fraud resolution
    agents. For additional tips, visit CounterIdentityTheft.com.


    Robert Siciliano is a McAfee consultant and identity theft expert. See him explain how a person becomes an identity theft victim on CounterIdentityTheft.com (Disclosures)



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