Identity Theft

Overview

What are the common forms of identity theft? Who are the most likely targets? What is law enforcement doing to counter a crime perpetrated not only by petty thieves and sophisticated con artists, but by terrorists, money-launderers, and those involved in human trafficking, drug trafficking, and illegal immigration? Identity Theft: A Reference Handbook examines these questions and more.

With the 1998 Identity Theft and Assumption Deterrence Act as its starting point, this ...

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Overview

What are the common forms of identity theft? Who are the most likely targets? What is law enforcement doing to counter a crime perpetrated not only by petty thieves and sophisticated con artists, but by terrorists, money-launderers, and those involved in human trafficking, drug trafficking, and illegal immigration? Identity Theft: A Reference Handbook examines these questions and more.

With the 1998 Identity Theft and Assumption Deterrence Act as its starting point, this informative volume begins by explaining the federal, state, and global definitions of identity theft and how the lack of a standardized approach masks the true pervasiveness of the problem. In addition to addressing the crime's perpetrators, methods, and victims, the book also looks at what individuals, businesses, and the government are doing—and should consider doing—to curb the growth of this crime.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This resource is highly recommended for al libraries and anyone seeking information about this growing problem and what is being done to prevent it in the future."

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ARBA

". . . a welcome addition to academic and community library Criminology reference collections in general, and should be considered essential reading by anyone having to deal with identity theft or its threat in their own lives."

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Midwest Book Review

"Clearly and precisely written, this volume offers extremely helpful references at the end of chapters. A plethora of recent publications are devoted to this topic, but few are arranged as reference handbooks or are so easy to consult. This book will be useful in both academic and public libraries. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598841435
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/31/2009
  • Series: Contemporary World Issues Series
  • Pages: 262
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface xi

1 Background and History 1

What Is Identity Theft? 1

Personal Identity Theft 2

Business Identity Theft 3

The History of Identity Theft 5

Jacob and Esau 6

Cade's Rebellion of 1450 6

Sarah Wilson in Colonial America 7

Czar Nicholas II and His Family 8

The Great Imposter 9

The Most Misused Social Security Number in History 10

The Chicago Debacle 11

The First Documented Multinational Internet Bank Robbery 12

An Early Case of Credit Card Fraud 13

The First Internet Murder 15

Who Are the Perpetrators? 16

Opportunity Takers or Makers 17

Gender 19

Age 23

Ethnicity 24

Criminal History 25

Country of Origin 26

Affiliation with Other Crimes 27

Affiliation with Other Criminals 27

Who Are the Victims? 29

Types of Identity Theft 29

Geographical Location 31

Age 32

References 34

2 Problems, Controversies, and Solutions 41

The Victims' Experiences 41

Methods of Detection and Time Lapse 42

Types of Identity Theft and the Restoration Period 44

Effects on Relationships 46

Emotional and Medical Concerns 47

Financial Losses 49

The Second Insult 49

Sources and Methods Used by Perpetrators to Access Identities 51

Trends and Special Issues 53

Tax Fraud 54

Medical Fraud 54

Real Estate Loan Fraud 56

Offshoring Identities 57

Data Breaches 59

The Hidden Costs of the Crime 62

Solving the Identity Theft Problem 62

Responsibility Theories 63

Government Responses 64

References 83

3 Worldwide Perspective 89

Canada 89

United Kingdom 100

Mexico 107

Russia 109

South Africa 112

Asia 113

The Threat to International and Homeland Security 115

References 118

4 Chronology 123

5 Biographical Sketches139

(1948-) Abagnale, Frank, Jr. 140

(1942-) U.S. Attorney General Ashcroft, John 140

(1932-) U.S. Representative (R-Va.) Bliley, Thomas Jerome, Jr. 141

(1955-) Cahfornia Secretary of State Bowen, Debra 142

(1950-) State Senator (D-Calif.) Calderon, Charles 143

(1958-) U.S. Senator (D-Wash.) Cantwell, Maria 143

(1954-) Indiana Attorney General Carter, Steve 144

(1950-) State Assembly (R-Calif.) Cogdill, David 145

(1968-) State Senator (R-Va.) Cuccinelli, Ken 146

(1933-) U.S. Senator (D-Calif.) Feinstein, Dianne 146

Foley, Linda 147

Frank, Marl 148

Givens, Beth 149

(1942-) U.S. Senator (R-Tex. Gramm, William Philip 149

(1958-) Governor (D-Va.) Kaine, Timothy M. 150

(1942-) U.S. Senator (R-Ariz.) Kyi, Jon 151

(1942-) U.S. Representative (R-Iowa) Leach, James Albert Smith 151

(1940-) U.S. Senator (D-Vt) Leahy, Patrick 152

(1966-) Illinois Attorney General Madigan, Lisa 153

May, Johnny 153

(1958-) State Assemblyman (R-Calif.) Oiler, Thomas 154

"B. J." Ostergren, Betty, 154

(1954-) Governor (D-N.Y.) Paterson, David A. 155

(1948-) Ohio Attorney General Petro, James 156

(1949-) State Senator (R-Calif.) Poochigian, Charles 157

(1953-) State Senator (D-Calif.) Simitian, Joe 157

(1930-) U.S. Senator (R-Pa.) Specter, Arlen 158

(1949-) State Assemblyman (D-Calif.) Torlakson, Tom 159

(1946-) State Senator (R-Calif.) Wyland, Mark, 160

6 Data and Documents 163

Executive Summary Consumer Fraud and Identity Theft Complaint Data January-December 2008 163

President's Identity Theft Task Force 165

Identity Theft and Assumption Deterrence Act 173

Title V of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, 1999 180

7 Directory of Organizations, Associations, and Agencies 199

8 Resources 219

Print Resources 219

Books 219

Journals and Magazines 224

Pamphlets/Booklets 236

Nonprint Resources 237

Glossary 247

Index 253

About the Author 263

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