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How to Recognize Fraud

Fraud and identity theft crimes are a growing concern. One of the best ways to prevent fraud is to understand and recognize it. Phishing, or the sending of deceptive emails, and pharming, use of impostor Web sites, are two online tactics that criminals utilize to secure your personal or account information fraudulently. Stealing mail from your mailbox, illegally copying your credit card number and requesting cash for receipt of a "sweepstakes" prize, are some of the ways identity theft happens offline. Read on to learn more.