Piracy on internet media is not common. Be it any kind. Fraud or cybercrime from the Internet also comes in the news every day. In such a situation, there is a need to protect yourself from cybercrime. Identity theft comes under this cybercrime. If you are very active on internet media and you have given your personal details then you need to be cautious. Nowadays the incidents of identity theft are increasing very fast. Sharing details about yourself can put you at risk if you do not keep your identity secure on the Internet. Sharing too much personal information on these platforms can be dangerous.
What is identity theft?
Scammers create a fake account of you using your personal information, photos videos. It can be Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or LinkedIn anywhere. They create such a version of your profile that you will not even believe at once that it is your fake ID. Your friends, family or relatives will feel that this is your account and they will be cheated in the matter of money.
What is the purpose of identity theft?
Generally speaking, scammers can have many reasons to create fake IDs or profiles. But the reason for money and photos is the most common. Scammers create fake accounts on Facebook, Instagram or LinkedIn so that they can extort money from your friends, family or relatives in the name of charity, bill or need. Apart from this, he can tell your followers or friends that you are facing problem in paying from your so called fake account. Along with this, they also tell you through email that your bank account will be frozen if you do not pay the money.
Your friends or relatives send money with the intention of helping you, which goes into the pockets of scammers. Sometimes scammers also use it to spread wrong political messages. They can also involve you in dirty politics through this, which you will not be but your relatives will feel that you are doing all this. Apart from this, they can also use your profile picture or shared photos in a wrong way. It can also be used to tarnish your name and reputation.
How do scammers do this?
If you do not keep your identity secure all this becomes quite easy for scammers. For this they can steal your profile picture. Apart from this, they can take your personal details from your account. They try their best to make your fake account by adding all the things. The more personal information these scammers get about you online, the more successful they will be in creating a reliable and realistic account. At times, they can also use fishing emails to know more details about youself. So, it is better that you share less about your personal life online. Either you keep your account in privacy where only your friends or family can see it.
If you think that someone of yours has created a fake account, then you can report it.
How to report?
The facility to report on Identity Theft is available on the Internet.
To report a fake account on Facebook, report it at facebook.com/help/174210519303259. If you do not have an account on Facebook and someone has created your fake account, then you can go to cybercrime.gov.in and file a case of fraud.
Visit this site to report fake IDs on Twitter. help. twitter.com/en/forms/authenticity/impersonation
Visit This Site to Report Fake Profiles on Linkedin ,linkedin.com/help/linkedin/answer/61664/reporting-fake -profiles ?।ang=en
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