Identity Fraud Theft 5 Prevention Secrets From A Security Expert

March 5, 2013 |  by  |  Linkedin Blog

So you’ve recognised the power of business social media organisations and you understand that your business can grow exponentionally if you connect with lots of business people.

Guess What?

You are not the only one to have recognised the power of millions of people in a business network, and how they can help your business grow and prosper from leads, referrals and increased sales.

Organised crime gangs and visionary terrorist organisations are also tapping into business organisations like Linkedin which is fast approaching 200 million business members world-wide.

These criminals effectively run their own business social media marketing departments to promote their variants of financial fraud scams made possible from stealing your identity and emptying your financial bank accounts.

Ground Zero Security

Frequently these scams are variants of the more commonly known Nigerian scams. However targeting organisations with tens of millions of business victims takes business intelligence and patience. Something which savvy scammers have in buckets full.

As a very proactive business security member I have recently witnessed an increase in enquiries from potential and actual scam victims being targeted through the Linkedin platform.

Many of my clients requested a brief overview of security tips which can help minimise the risk of Identify fraud theft.

Although I’ve listed the 5 following basic security points, it is worth mentioning that there is no such concept as 100% security.

Identity Fraud Theft 5 Prevention Secrets From A Security Expert

# 1 Home-Office Shredder

Shredding your personal documents and installing internet security on your computer can substantially reduce your likelihood of becoming a victim of identity fraud. Burn everything you have shredded in a small garden incinerator.

Identity Fraud Theft 5 Prevention Secrets From A Security Expert

# 2 Internet Security

Never use a debit card to purchase online. Always use a credit card as credit card companies offer claw back protection in some events of fraudulent trading. Devote one credit card to online purchases and only buy from recognised online companies who have proven expertise in encrypting your security data.

Identity Fraud Theft 5 Prevention Secrets From A Security Expert

# 3Home Security

Access control is the foundation stone of all security countermeasures. Your home security measures should be specifically designed to minimise intruder access. The same access control countermeasures should be applied to any personal or business documentation. Never discard them into your trash can.

Identity Fraud Theft 5 Prevention Secrets From A Security Expert

# 4 Computer Passwords

One of the easiest ways to access your security information is by hacking into your computer IT systems.

Always utilise the best security passwords you can. i.e. use a mixture of random letters and numbers that have no correlation to you or your family members. Never use date of birth, telephone or social security numbers as organised crime gangs employ professional hackers who will access these types of passwords easily. Installing a professional Internet security programme on your computer can substantially reduce your likelihood of becoming a victim of identity fraud.

Identity Fraud Theft 5 Prevention Secrets From A Security Expert

# 5 Office Security

For some strange reason most business owners pay less attention to detail to their office security systems than they do to their home security systems. In fact this should be the opposite. Your office is wide open to employee and visitor theft and fraud on a daily basis.

If you have no idea of how to produce an all encompassing office security plan then consider hiring a security expert or security consultant to draft one for you.

As a security professional, the very best advice I can offer to all Linkedin members who receive e-mails or Linkedin In-mails promoting these type of scams, is to immediately flag it as spam and report it to Linkedin’s customer services department or the Linkedin Risk & Privacy teams.

Never respond to these e-mails and never forward them to anyone of your business contacts. Why? Because this type of scam is a numbers game and if you forward it to anyone you are directly helping organised crime and or terrorist organisations by providing an unpaid marketing service for them.

But every security expert I know understands that the real reason you should not forward these communications to your friends or business associates, is because they might not be as smart as you, and personal greed might just push them towards responding to the scammers.

If they do, then guess what? GAME OVER!

Dr. Mark D. Yates

Dr. Mark D. Yates is a global #1 LinkedIn consultancy business growth specialist, LinkedIn speaker, LinkedIn Sign & LinkedIn training instructor & CEO of Link Business Marketing Ltd. If you need to hire a LinkedIn expert to help you gain profitable business growth, contact him. Tel: UK 0203 390 2013 Email:, connect with him on LinkedIn & Twitter You can view & download his dynamic independent LinkedIn training program at:

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