Identity Theft

Identity Theft

by David A. May, James E. Headley, Julia E. Koza
     
 

Although a relatively new crime, identity theft has dramatically increased in occurrence and severity since the early 1990s. By definition, identity theft is the obtainment and fraudulent use of another person’s personal information, which can be relatively innocuous or much more serious. A talented criminal can take another individual’s social security

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Overview

Although a relatively new crime, identity theft has dramatically increased in occurrence and severity since the early 1990s. By definition, identity theft is the obtainment and fraudulent use of another person’s personal information, which can be relatively innocuous or much more serious. A talented criminal can take another individual’s social security number, credit card information, checks, or other personal information, and use that information to impersonate the individual, manipulating a system that increasingly relies on nonpersonal identifiers. The political, legal, and criminal justice systems are struggling to catch up with the identity theft epidemic, while struggling with the technology that gives rise to it.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820458441
Publisher:
Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/28/2003
Series:
Studies in Crime and Punishment
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
139

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Foreword
Introduction1
Ch. 1Problems of Identity and Identity Thieves8
Ch. 2The Scope of the Problem24
Ch. 3Information and Technology: Problem and Promise45
Ch. 4Federal Laws on Identity Theft65
Ch. 5State Laws on Identity Theft83
Ch. 6Case Studies99
Conclusions120
Notes127

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