How to Protect Yourself From Identity Theft Crime still doesn't pay, even if it's phishing. And although phishing may seem like a new word to many, particularly if they've heard of internet scams or blockade sites, it's important to inform ourselves about this online vulnerability and the best ways to protect ourselves. Phishing is simply tricking people into giving out information about themselves, whether they're online or offline. And while tricks to this end have been around since the beginning of time, the modern digital age has added a new level of trickery with the rise of technology and the Internet. Phishers' main purpose is to trick people into giving them valuable information about themselves so that they can use that information to steal their money. They can be tricking you into giving them your bank account login name or even your credit card number. They can even be calling you with requests for information about your bank account and credit card. And the worst part is, sometimes, they might call you so often that you wouldn't really notice their calls unless you are targeted. So, it's important to watch out for this form of identity theft. Phishing is only becoming more of a problem as it continues to evolve from a once simple method of tech-savvy criminals to a highly sophisticated and evolving crime style. Part of this is due to the fact that they are capitalizing on people's innocence to make a quick buck. Phishing is becoming more of a crime committed by very sophisticated people with a vast array of resources at their disposal. Phishing is also a large business. Every year, it is estimated that at least a few hundred people perishing over a computer system or website should be associated with it. Let's take a look at some ways you can identify when you are being phished. When you start noticing more and more junk mail appearing in your inbox, it's time to start paying attention to your inbox on a regular basis. So, whether it's in the form of advertising articles or other things that usually pile in your mailbox, it's important to take a look nowadays and see what's going on. Don't reply to it. This is saying that in order to prevent it from negatively responding to your mail, you should not respond to it either. One thing that happens is that your inbox is invaded by people who are trying to get information from you. If you didn't know that they were after you, then you would never know that they contacted you and then the process starts. Once they have your number in their possession for a few days, then they start calling you. This is where you can pick up on a daily basis and not have had your number stolen several times over. They will try to ask you out for a dinner meeting, but then will stop just as soon as you say you have to be going to another meeting. They know you will have a hard time talking to them without remembering everything that happened. That's why they will try to put you in a position where you will not be able to remember it. They will want to know if you are meeting someone, but then they will stop just as soon as you mention someone. Don't go public with the fact that you are dating someone, as this can be used against you. You will want to date who you feel comfortable with. If you don't want to date someone online, then don't include your full name or any revealing information. Even if you are dating someone online and you are in love, you should not give out your phone number, full name, or address. This can be used again later to track you down. You will want to use a cell phone or a number that is never given to you by a friend or relative. This is to avoid anyone who may want to know where you are. You can also use a nickname, as long as you don't reveal your real name. Even if you think you have an easy time getting a date, you should not give out any of your information here. You could be in danger of someone who you met online using your information against you. Your age should never be mentioned, nor your real name. If you are old enough to give out your age, then you are old enough to give out some very important information. Do not let this personal information bring you down. Even then, you should choose words that will not help anyone identify you. Even if you think someone is trustworthy, or that you know this person inside and out, you should not reveal more information than absolutely necessary. Not because you think someone is trying to steal from you -- although that is a factor.