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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  • Auction Fraud is the Third Most Common Internet Complaint


    The Internet Crime Complaint Center fielded 303,809 reports of
    cybercrime in 2010. Of those cybercrime reports, auction fraud was the
    third most common complaint.

    Auction fraud refers to fraudulent transactions on online auctions.
    Either a product advertised for sale is misrepresented, or purchases are
    never delivered at all.

    The IC3’s annual report explains,
    “Historically, auction fraud has been the leading complaint reported by
    victims, with a high of 71.2 percent of all referrals in 2004. However,
    in 2010, auction fraud represents slightly more than 10 percent of
    referrals. This demonstrates the growing diversification of crimes
    related to the Internet.”

    In other words, auction fraud is still profitable for scammers, and
    they’ve also discovered many new techniques for scamming consumers.

    IC3 advises consumers against conducting online transactions with anyone who exhibits the following suspicious behavior:

    • The seller creates an online auction as though he resides in the
      United States, but responds to buyers with an email claiming he’s
      outside the United States for business reasons or a family emergency.
      Or, the seller posts the auction under one name, but asks for payment to
      be transferred to a different name.
    • The seller requests payment via Western Union, MoneyGram, or
      bank-to-bank wire transfer. This makes the money virtually unrecoverable
      once the victim discovers the scam. Any transaction involving a money
      transfer control number (MTCN) may indicate fraud.
    • The seller poses as an authorized dealer or factory representative in a country where there are no such dealers.
    • The buyer asks for a purchase to be shipped to another via a particular method in order to avoid customs or taxes.
    • The buyer uses a credit card for which the billing address does not
      match the shipping address. Always secure the cardholder’s authorization
      before shipping any purchased items.

    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 its fast and effective
    results is iovation’s ReputationManager 360.
    This service incorporates device identification, device reputation, and
    real-time risk profiling. It is used by hundreds of online businesses
    to prevent fraud and abuse by analyzing the computer, smartphone, or
    tablet connecting to their online properties.

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





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