Identity theft expert says social media could make you vulnerable


>>Matt: ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS CON MEN IN THE LAST 50 YEARS SAYS SOCIAL MEDIA IS A HACKER’S DREAM.>>Ginger: HE TELLS NEWS 6 YOUR PROFILE PAGE LEAVES YOU WIDE OPEN TO IDENTITY THEFT. HERE’S MIKE HOLFELD WITH A SPECIAL EDITION OF “SCHEMES AND RIP-OFFS”.>>Reporter: MEET THE ORIGINAL IDENTITY THEFT GURU.>>IT’S 4,000 TIMES EASIER TO DO TODAY THAN WHAT I DID 50 YEARS AGO.>>Reporter: THE MASTER OF FORGERY AND EMBEZZLEMENT. THE INFAMOUS TEEN THIEF FEATURED IN THE SPIELBERG MOVIE CLASSIC “CATCH ME IF YOU CAN.” FOR THE LAST 40 YEARS, HE’S USED HIS SKILLED TO HELP THE F.B.I. AND 14,000 FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS AROUND THE WORLD, DEVELOPING FRAUD PROTECTION PROGRAMS. TODAY HE SAYS THE WORST OFFENDER IN I.D. THEFT PREVENTION IS YOU AND YOUR INTERNET PROFILE PAGE.>>WE COMPLAIN A LOT ABOUT OUR IDENTITIES BEING STOLEN, BUT THE FACT IS WE KEEP GIVING PEOPLE ALL THIS DATA AND THEY’RE JUST USING THAT DATA. IT’S NOT JUST U.S. CRIMINALS, IT’S CRIMINALS IN RUSSIA, CHINA, PAKISTAN, INDIA, ALL OVER THE WORLD.>>Reporter: I INTERVIEWED FRANK VIA SATELLITE LAST WEEK. HE SAYS THIEVES ARE HITTING ANY SITE FROM MILLENNIALS TO SENIORS.>>THEY BASICALLY SAY TO ME I DON’T HACK IN. I JUST GO TO PEOPLE’S SOCIAL MEDIA SITES.>>Reporter: ONE OF THE MOST VULNERABLE IS FACEBOOK, ESSENTIALLY A WINDOW INTO YOUR LIFE, YOUR FACE, YOUR NAME, EVEN YOUR BIRTHDAY AND WHERE YOU LIVE. WHAT DOES HE SAY? GET THEM OFF THE SITE NOW.>>I KNOW ALL THESE THINGS ABOUT YOU. SO IT SOUNDS VERY CONVINCING WHEN YOU GET THE PHONE CALL OR E-MAIL THAT IT IS YOUR BANK OR I.R.S., WHATEVER THE SCAM IS, BECAUSE THEY’RE GETTING ALL THE INFORMATION YOU GAVE THEM ON SOCIAL MEDIA.>>Reporter: HE SAYS THE CON MEN ARE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR OPPORTUNITY. SO GO TO YOUR PROFILE PAGE RIGHT NOW, PULL THE PHOTO, THE BIRTHDAY, THE SCHOOL YOU ATTENDED, IN OTHER WORDS, PROTECT YOURSELF. FROM THE NEWSROOM, MIKE HOLFELD, NEWS 6.>>Ginger: TAKE EVERYTHING. TWO OF THE BIGGEST SCAMS HITTING THE INTERNET RIGHT NOW ARE GENEALOGY AND SHOPPING SCAMS.

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