Hope this one is a very informative topic for a wide margin of people. I came to know and interested on this topic after a social engineering manipulation on my wife's banking account. Like everybody we also get many prank calls and mails. One day somebody called her and asked for the pin number and banking details , to gain credibility they also told her account number and card number and convinced my wife. After gaining the trust, they told that they were updating their database and need to update her PIN. As She was very much convinced by the humble behavior of caller, She passed the information as they demanded. 3 hours later we got text message that around $8k was withdrawn from savings account We later contacted the bank and authorities on this matter the investigation is still going on. later Computer technician removed some Trojans and popups from a system and installed an upgraded version of windows with security software. I welcome all kinds of comments and advice on the topic of identifying & Preventing such social engineering attacks. I don't know whether I will get tips on this forum, I found this forum very much helpful for solving my computer related problems and that's why I am here to seek help from experts. How can we recognize and prevent identity Theft?