Identity Theft

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One of the very scariest crimes is identity theft-not least because victims often don't know they've been scammed until months or years later, when their lives may be turned upside-down by the crime. Worse, criminals perpetrate this crime by accessing material we routinely put on forms-social security numbers, our names, and return address labels. This fast-growing crime has, however, led to solutions that many feel are an invasion of our civil liberties and our right to privacy. In Identify Theft, author Rachael...

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Overview

One of the very scariest crimes is identity theft-not least because victims often don't know they've been scammed until months or years later, when their lives may be turned upside-down by the crime. Worse, criminals perpetrate this crime by accessing material we routinely put on forms-social security numbers, our names, and return address labels. This fast-growing crime has, however, led to solutions that many feel are an invasion of our civil liberties and our right to privacy. In Identify Theft, author Rachael Hanel explores the details of this crime and its punishment, as well as the controversy swirling around the ways in which the government seeks to protect citizens from the problem.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Amy McMillan
In a world where information is constantly circulating in an increasing variety of ways, identity theft is a real and growing problem. While computers are one of the most common ways criminals gain access to private information, mailboxes, garbage, and even people you know can pose threats. Phishing scams, rigged ATMs, and false voter registries are just a few of the theft tactics addressed by the author. Each topic covered is followed by hands-on tips for prevention and reducing your risk such as the importance of shredding documents and thorough on-line protection. While many people get away with identity theft (including such famous cases as Frank Abagnale, Jr. and international thief Albert Gonzalez), the government has numerous laws and agencies to help people deal with the economic and emotional consequences and to prosecute and prevent the crimes. Advances and new systems are being put into place all the time and in the future we may see increased fingerprinting, retinal scans and even DNA testing to help combat thieves. This book is a great resource for teens, providing a well-organized and in-depth look at a current social issue with plenty of further information (websites, books and government agencies) provided for those who want to know more. Brightly colored paragraph headings and photos add to the book's visual appeal and readability while extensive source notes, bibliography and detailed index provide a strong research base. Part of the "Controversy!" series, this would be a fine addition to any library. Reviewer: Amy McMillan
VOYA - Florence Munat
The Controversy! series covers various topics that are first simply defined and then expanded upon by explaining various sides of the controversy. Other topics in this eleven-book series include: health care, immigration, religion and government, and Internet piracy. The volume entitle Identity Theft explains how identity thieves operate, who likely targets are, how to avoid identity theft by understanding common scams, and what to do if you become a victim. Some identity theft occurs online, but it also occurs through careless use of ATMs and credit cards, or by giving out personal information to phone scammers —and young people are especially vulnerable. Government laws and regulations relating to identity theft—including the USA PATRIOT Act and FACTA—are discussed, including the effectiveness of such laws and whether they go too far (paternalism) or not far enough. Also presented are the difficulties of undoing the damage done by scammers, the obstacles facing law enforcement officers, and the emotional impact of becoming a victim. The last chapter is devoted to identity theft in other countries. Books in this series are written in clear, sophisticated language and will serve well as starting points for research papers or debates. They are heavily illustrated, primarily with color photos. Secondary articles are inserted among the main text. Covers are colorful and appealing. Indexes and chapter notes are detailed. A student with an interest in a specific topic would be well served by this series. (Controversy!) Reviewer: Florence Munat
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761449010
  • Publisher: Cavendish, Marshall Corporation
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Series: Controversy! 2 Series
  • Pages: 143
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 5

1 What is Identity Theft? 9

2 Types of Identity Theft 27

3 How Identity Theft Occurs 41

4 Issues Surrounding Identity Theft 59

5 Preventing Identity Theft 73

6 High-Tech Prevention 93

7 Identity Theft Around the World 103

Notes 114

Furth Information 131

Bibliography 135

Index 137

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