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RKN Global Encourages You to Act to Prevent Identity Theft

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Identity theft –the deliberate, illegal use of someone else’s identity–might sound intangible, but it is very real and its dangers can be significant.  With identity theft, criminals can steal money and property, obtain credit or other financial benefits in our names, and cause irrevocable harm to our financial and personal lives.

There are really two types of identity theft:  account takeover and identity takeover.

Account takeover is the hijacking of existing consumer accounts– like those for credit cards, banks, e-currency, email and social media—by criminals online.

  

Identity take-over involves the use of a victim’s identity for nefarious purposes. The root of all identity take-over revolves around the hacker obtaining a victim’s personal data, including valuable information like his or her social security number, mother‘s maiden name, date of birth, driver’s license, and home address.  With these details in hand, a criminal can successfully assume a victim’s identity online without much difficulty.

RKN Global Reminds Us that Identity Theft is a Global Problem:

Identity theft continues to be a global problem world-wide, with criminals breaching online personal and business data which translates into billions of dollars of losses.

A 2015 Barclays research note reported that credit card account takeover in the United States is 47% of the global total, even though the U.S. represents 24% of the global credit card market.  But the truth is that no country is immune.

Credit card account takeovers do not respect borders, however.  Criminals often use accounts stolen from one country to make fraudulent transactions in another.  The problem quickly expands beyond the individual and beyond borders to become a global scourge.

Unfortunately, both types of identity theft are likely to continue unabated.  One estimate noted that 690 major data breaches that occurred through November 2015 resulted in the theft of more than 175 million records, a considerable amount of which will be fully exploited and monetized by the end of 2016.

Cyber security threats against our identity—against both our accounts and our actual online identity—will continue to plague us in the years ahead.  This should lead us to proactively take steps to protect ourselves and our online identity.

RKN Global’s Flagship Product: Globally Verifiable Identity Document (GVID) for Migrants & Refugees

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The Globally Verifiable Identity Document (GVID) builds trust between authorities of destination and source countries. It also builds trust between law enforcement and migrants or refugees.  For example, institutions of destination countries know that the holder of a GVID has had his/her photograph and biometric identifying elements taken prior to the issuance of his/her GVID.  Holders of GVID should therefore have their crossing of borders expedited by authorities.

The security of countries is enhanced because of the more intense screening of applicants provided by the GVID.  The way to build trust is to offer an identity solution that allows migrants and refugees to prove who they are.  What are the benefits of the GVID?

  • Creates and manages a global identification system for migrants and refugees
  • Sets a single standard for and format of identity card for the international migrant and refugee
  • Permits the biometric verification of the identities of migrants and refugees at border crossings
  • Compares the migrants’ and refugees’ data against the international criminal databases
  • Collects valuable statistical data on the international movement migrants and refugees

RKN Global GVID Provides a Secure and Flexible Way to Monitor and Regulate flow of Migrants and Refugees:

GVID offers the complete automation of border and migration control at thenational, regional and global levels — whether they be by land or sea.  It provides secure on-line access and verification through national and international databases. Instantly, it gives the identities of persons irrespective of their nationality or country of origin.

GVID collects biometric identification data at application centres. The verification of migrants’ or refugees’ personal data can occur at fixed or mobile locations.  GVID can provide valuable information about migrants and refugees for individual countries or for regional grouping of countries.

RKN Global Believes that the More Migrants/Refugees who Obtain their CIC, the Safer the World Will Be:

It has been well established that a terrorist’s most valuable weapon is a stolen, fake or forged identity document.  The GVID offers all persons the opportunity to have their identity verified against global databases.  By voluntarily offering to provide their biometric data, GVID holders prove that they are willing to satisfy the highest standards of scrutiny.  More governments should welcome all GVID holders into their countries.

RKN Global Alert: Scammers’ Are Phishing for Our Identity at a Different Level

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Cybercriminals are constantly changing their tactics to keep one step ahead of the authorities and the unsuspecting population. Even people who consider themselves to be extra vigilant and informed can fall victim to the latest scams; with new fraudulent activities designed to appear personable and convincing. These new attacks – described as social engineering – are manipulative and targeted. They involve the piecing together of data received through fake e-mails, phone calls and texts, social media and messaging services. Scammers are prepared to get emotionally close and upfront; they will choose vulnerable and open-minded individuals wherever possible, making their motives harder to spot. Efforts are relentless and can be multinational in nature. They involve large gangs from across the world, each playing a separate role in a co-ordinated bid to gain money now – or at a later date.

Phishing attempts were once the preserve of authentic-looking, but bogus or copycat, websites that people had to actually interact with in order to put their personal information into the criminals’ hands. Sympathy for these victims was often worryingly low – often because they had replied to unsolicited e-mails and due to the fact that banks would happily refund their money once the crime was discovered. However, through raising awareness and joint campaigns, between Police and banking institutions, online crime is now viewed by society as just as important as ‘physical’ crime. The notion of it being ‘faceless’ is now being defeated, especially as the attacks grow increasingly woven, exploitative and sophisticated. We know that victims can feel humiliated, violated and distressed and, as it is extremely hard to unmask the virtual perpetrators, justice is rarely seen to be done.

RKN Global Gives Examples of the Tricks Used by Scammers:

Examples of this new wave of fraud include individuals receiving e-mails from their ‘banks’- urging them to act swiftly as an apparent cyber attack is about to leave them penniless…or the unrelenting scammers leave a fake message to evoke some other panic situation, such as the termination of a vital service. Other social engineering tricks can appear more relaxed: there is a growing trend in e-mailing people invoices, such as those from iTunes and similar online traders, for purchases that fraudsters know have been bought. Coupons and vouchers from favourite businesses, which include malicious attachments of malware, are also on the rise. How is this possible? Because crooks are compiling lists of information from various sources to con innocent people on a new personal level.

It is not just e-mails that pose a problem: the latest threat comes from weak Social Media passwords. Due to their structure, it has always been an easy task to find profiles on these huge and popular sites. Scammers wait until just before their target’s Birthday is due (this information is readily available on dubious networks) and then they hack into accounts and approach friends and family, asking for monetary gifts to be left to a new account. Creating a new account on behalf of the victim is also linked to remote access robbery – where fraudsters use weak wifi and device passwords to install software onto PCs, and then they begin to intercept, changing such things as account addresses so they can have new cards directed to them.

RKN Global Advocates the Need for Biometric Identity Cards

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RKN Global DWC-LLC, founded by former INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble, enhances the security of countries and their citizens through secure document production and integrated identity document screening for the public and private sector.  RKN Global believes that the more persons who are issued biometric ID’s, the safer that the world will be.

RKN Global’s founder, Ronald Noble, visited all of INTERPOL’s 190 member countries. This experience gave Noble a unique perspective on a variety of security gaps regularly exploited by terrorists and other dangerous criminals around the world.  The most serious of these is the use of fraudulent travel documents to cross borders.  In the words of the U.S. 9/11 Commission Report, “for terrorists, fraudulent travel documents are as important as weapons.”

Mr. Noble’s company, RKN Global, has signature products designed to keep countries and their people safe by detecting and preventing ID document fraud at borders and inside the country. RKN Global provides countries with the opportunity to screen for both fake or fraudulently altered passports and IDs.  Its products include RKN Pass, a unique ID document verification system, as well as highly secure biometric and digital ID documents.

RKN Global’s Founder, Ronald Noble, Brings Vast Experience about How to Keep Countries Safe from International Crime and Terrorism:

In November 2014, Ronald Noble completed his third term and fourteenth year of service as Secretary General of INTERPOL, the world’s largest international police organization. He led its transition to a 24/7 enterprise, with Incident Response Teams deployed around the globe in response to serious crimes, terrorist attacks, and natural disasters. Mr. Noble led INTERPOL’s development of innovative crime fighting strategies, including an initiative for a vast increase of passport screening against its stolen and lost travel document database; building of a global database to identify and apprehend child sex predators; establishment of INTERPOL’s Global Complex for Innovation in Singapore to fight cyber-crime and enhance internet security; and partnerships with industry to fight medicine counterfeiting, tobacco trafficking, auto theft, match-fixing, terrorism and transnational crime.

Mr. Noble shared his knowledge and experience with students from all over the world as a professor of law at New York University and was held in high regard by students and faculty.

RKN Global Shows You How to Make Identity Theft Harder

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Imagine somebody out there pretending to be you. How would it feel? Well, you definitely would feel violated and out of place. Identity theft has become a major predicament with identity thieves coming up with new ways to outshine their victims. Identity theft is definitely a violation of the right to privacy and this could be detrimental to the victim’s well-being. So, do you know how to make theft of your identity harder? If you don’t you are at the right place.read more…

RKN Global’s Founder Continues the Humanitarian Fight to Clear Name of Innocent Man?

Dallas’ obligation to remove the wrongful label of “suspected cop killer” from Mark Hughes is long overdue.

More than two months have passed since the cold-blooded murder of five police officers and the wounding of nine others at the end of a peaceful Black Lives Matter march in Dallas, Texas. Yet an innocent man, Mark Hughes, remains stigmatized, his reputation ruined, his life and his family’s lives endangered. Why? Both the City of Dallas and the Dallas Police Department have failed to correct their Twitter feeds, which falsely depict him as a murder suspect—even though they have now determined he had nothing whatsoever to do with these killings and attacks on police.read more…