According to the Associated Press, French police said that in October of this year they arrested two men for breaking into the personal bank account of French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
The BBC says that the Internet hackers probably didn’t know that it was Sarkozy’s account they were stealing money from, a reminder that none of us are immune to risk if we don’t take a few precautions.
To help avoid ID theft:
- Learn to recognize phishing scams and fraudulent e-mail messages.
- Use strong passwords and keep them secret.
- Follow four steps to help protect your computer.
If you think you might already be a victim of identity theft, see What to do if you’ve responded to a phishing scam.