Netizens: Protect Your Privacy; Providing a Personal Phone Number Online Makes the Online Criminal's Job Easy

08 Feb, 2006, 00:00 ET from IDTheftSecurity.com

    BOSTON, Feb. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- For millions seeking their perfect partner
 on social networking Web sites or advertising through an online or print
 classified ad, the act of sharing your personal phone or cell number can mean
 trouble.
     According to Robert Siciliano, president of IDTheftSecurity.com, this
 seemingly harmless action can turn into a bonanza for crooks and a nightmare
 for the innocent, as new web sites make it easy to reverse search your home
 and cell phone numbers to locate your name and address. He encourages online
 daters and classified advertisers to post and share disposable phone numbers,
 like myprivateline.com and myclassadd.com, which can forward your calls to
 wherever you are.
     "Consumers of all ages should take extra measures to protect the privacy
 of their cell and home phone numbers," said Siciliano, an expert who presents
 identity theft workshops nationwide to Fortune 500 companies. "Predators can
 use a phone number to track someone down. Thieves can use it to locate
 additional information necessary to steal a person's identity."
     Siciliano encourages the use of disposable phone numbers from companies
 like PrivateTel (http://www.privatetelsolutions.com), the leader in an
 emerging privacy-related personal telecommunications marketplace.
     A disposable phone number that forwards to your home or cell phone number
 makes your actual number untraceable. At myprivateline.com and myclassadd.com,
 disposable numbers can be obtained online in a few minutes, giving citizens a
 new tool in their personal privacy protection arsenal. These solutions are for
 everyone who wants to post a phone number at online social networking sites
 and for individuals or businesses that want to include phone number in an
 online or print classified ad.
     "The Social Security number is the key to the Kingdom," said Siciliano.
 "That is why identity thieves love it so much. But it's not the only number
 consumers should guard. Keeping your phone numbers private is the best
 protection against crime.  Crime, especially identity theft, is likely to
 explode when, for a fee, almost anyone can obtain your cell phone logs or
 sensitive financial information. Tools exist for people to protect themselves.
 Now is the time."
 
     Identity theft affects us all, which is why Robert Siciliano, president of
 IDTheftSecurity.com, makes it his mission to provide consumer education
 solutions on identity theft to Fortune 500 companies and their clients. A
 leader of personal safety and security seminars nationwide, Siciliano has been
 featured on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, "The Suze Orman Show," "ABC News with Sam
 Donaldson," "The Montel Williams Show," "Maury Povich," "Sally Jesse Raphael,"
 and "The Howard Stern Show."
 
     For information call 1 (888) SICILIANO (742-4542) or visit
 http://www.IDTheftSecurity.com, or http://www.IDTheftSecurity.blogspot.com.
 
 

SOURCE IDTheftSecurity.com
    BOSTON, Feb. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- For millions seeking their perfect partner
 on social networking Web sites or advertising through an online or print
 classified ad, the act of sharing your personal phone or cell number can mean
 trouble.
     According to Robert Siciliano, president of IDTheftSecurity.com, this
 seemingly harmless action can turn into a bonanza for crooks and a nightmare
 for the innocent, as new web sites make it easy to reverse search your home
 and cell phone numbers to locate your name and address. He encourages online
 daters and classified advertisers to post and share disposable phone numbers,
 like myprivateline.com and myclassadd.com, which can forward your calls to
 wherever you are.
     "Consumers of all ages should take extra measures to protect the privacy
 of their cell and home phone numbers," said Siciliano, an expert who presents
 identity theft workshops nationwide to Fortune 500 companies. "Predators can
 use a phone number to track someone down. Thieves can use it to locate
 additional information necessary to steal a person's identity."
     Siciliano encourages the use of disposable phone numbers from companies
 like PrivateTel (http://www.privatetelsolutions.com), the leader in an
 emerging privacy-related personal telecommunications marketplace.
     A disposable phone number that forwards to your home or cell phone number
 makes your actual number untraceable. At myprivateline.com and myclassadd.com,
 disposable numbers can be obtained online in a few minutes, giving citizens a
 new tool in their personal privacy protection arsenal. These solutions are for
 everyone who wants to post a phone number at online social networking sites
 and for individuals or businesses that want to include phone number in an
 online or print classified ad.
     "The Social Security number is the key to the Kingdom," said Siciliano.
 "That is why identity thieves love it so much. But it's not the only number
 consumers should guard. Keeping your phone numbers private is the best
 protection against crime.  Crime, especially identity theft, is likely to
 explode when, for a fee, almost anyone can obtain your cell phone logs or
 sensitive financial information. Tools exist for people to protect themselves.
 Now is the time."
 
     Identity theft affects us all, which is why Robert Siciliano, president of
 IDTheftSecurity.com, makes it his mission to provide consumer education
 solutions on identity theft to Fortune 500 companies and their clients. A
 leader of personal safety and security seminars nationwide, Siciliano has been
 featured on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, "The Suze Orman Show," "ABC News with Sam
 Donaldson," "The Montel Williams Show," "Maury Povich," "Sally Jesse Raphael,"
 and "The Howard Stern Show."
 
     For information call 1 (888) SICILIANO (742-4542) or visit
 http://www.IDTheftSecurity.com, or http://www.IDTheftSecurity.blogspot.com.
 
 SOURCE  IDTheftSecurity.com