Netizens: Protect Your Privacy; Providing a Personal Phone Number Online Makes the Online Criminal’s Job Easy
[USPRwire, Fri Feb 10 2006] 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 (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.”
The media may reach Siciliano at 1 (888) SICILIANO (742-4542). Visit his Web site, www.IDTheftSecurity.com, or his blog, www.IDTheftSecurity.blogspot.com. Siciliano’s full contact information follows:
Personal Security Expert
PHONE: 888-SICILIANO (742-4542)
FAX: 877-2-FAX-NOW (232-9669)
The media are encouraged to get in touch with Siciliano directly. They may also contact:
Brent W. Skinner, President