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  NCJRS - National Criminal Justice Reference Service - In the Spotlight   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Identity theft and identity fraud are terms used to refer to types of crime in which someone wrongfully obtains and uses another individual's personal data in a way that involves fraud or deception, typically for economic gain.
The Identity Theft Assumption and Deterrence Act of 1998 (Public Law 105-318) made identity theft a separate crime against the person whose identity was stolen, broadened the scope of the offense to include the misuse of information as well as documents, and provided a maximum sentence of up to 25 years.
Because identity theft is still a “nontraditional” crime, some police departments may be unaware of the importance of taking reports of identity theft or initiating investigations (Identity Theft: Greater Awareness and Use of Existing Data are Needed, U.S. General Accounting Office, 2002).
www.ncjrs.gov /spotlight/identity_theft/summary.html   (1041 words)

 Identity Theft Tips
Identity Theft is quickly becoming one of the most organized & costly crimes of our time.
Identity theft is a crime that occurs when someone deceptively uses another person’s personal data or identification typically for the purpose of fraudulent financial or economic gain.
Identity theft can also be found in cases of criminal activity - identity thieves will use a false identity to commit crimes.
www.identity-theft-tips.com   (568 words)

 Registry Forms - Identity Theft - California Dept. of Justice - Office of the Attorney General
If victimized, you may be able to correct the problem by presenting information on your identity theft to the law enforcement agency that requested issuance of the arrest warrant.
Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in America.
The Attorney General also administers the statewide Identity Theft Registry to assist identity theft victims who are wrongfully identified as criminals.
caag.state.ca.us /idtheft   (578 words)

 Identity Theft and Identity Fraud   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Identity theft and identity fraud are terms used to refer to all types of crime in which someone wrongfully obtains and uses another person's personal data in some way that involves fraud or deception, typically for economic gain.
Two of three defendants have pleaded guilty to identity theft, bank fraud, and related charges for their roles in a scheme to open bank accounts with both real and fake identification documents, deposit U.S. Treasury checks that were stolen from the mail, and withdraw funds from those accounts.
Under the Identity Theft and Assumption Deterrence Act, the Federal Trade Commission is responsible for receiving and processing complaints from people who believe they may be victims of identity theft, providing informational materials to those people, and referring those complaints to appropriate entities, including the major credit reporting agencies and law enforcement agencies.
www.usdoj.gov /criminal/fraud/idtheft.html   (2708 words)

 FRBB: Identity Theft
The FBI calls identity theft one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States and estimates that 500,000 to 700,000 Americans become identity theft victims each year.
Among those who think they know what happened, many believe the identity theft occurred when their purse or wallet was stolen or lost.
Since many identity thefts are traced to having a purse or wallet stolen, carry as few cards with identification and personal information as possible.
www.bos.frb.org /consumer/identity/idtheft.htm   (2785 words)

 Identity Theft - What is Identity Theft?
Although identity theft was a minor concern in the pre-technology era, now that computers are so easily accessible to the general public, identity theft has grown to becoming a tremendous problem.
Although identity theft can occur with someone simply stealing a name and address or a driver’s license to use when in trouble with the law, the most common forms of identity theft involve stealing someone’s information to use for financial gain.
The unfortunate part about identity theft is that it is often a silent crime where the victim is completely unaware until they are sent a bill from a creditor or when they find the information on their credit report.
www.identitytheft411.info   (555 words)

 Unisys Fraud Prevention Solutions: Identity Theft Prevention & Detection
However, identity fraud, which is making headlines nearly every day, has the potential to have a devastating impact on this trust, and with it, a bank’s reputation.
Although the hard-dollar losses attributed to identity theft fraud are significant, because identity fraud also has the capacity to undermine customer confidence in a bank’s brand, it’s critical that the front-line branch personnel accurately communicate the bank’s policies to customers.
According to this study, consumers who have experience with identity theft tend to be under age 34 (30%), with higher incomes (27% have incomes of $75,000 and over) and college educations (28%), and reside in metropolitan areas (21%).
www.unisys.com /financial/insights/insights__compendium/identity__theft__prevention__and__detection___d0___are__your__branch__banking__customers__at__risk.htm   (1806 words)

 Identity Theft - Part 1 - Introduction to Identity Theft - The Police Notebook   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Identity theft is the nation's fastest growing crime according to FBI statistics and identity theft/fraud is the fastest-growing category of Federal Trade Commission (FTC) complaints.
Identity theft was the number two most reported crime to the federal government in 2003.
Identity theft can have devastating consequences for you, as the victim, who may face long hours of closing bad accounts, opening new ones, and repairing your wrecked credit record.
www.ou.edu /oupd/idtheft.htm   (1251 words)

 Identity Theft Advisor's Personal Identity Theft Protection & Prevention Guide
Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in America, and with over 10 million victims last year alone, identity theft crimes have become the epidemic social crisis of the 21st century.
Identity theft is one of the top stories every day for our local and national news medias.
Identity theft criminals move so quickly that reviewing your credit report once or twice a year won't protect you at all - the criminal will be long gone, leaving you with the hundreds of hours of paperwork and phone calls needed to clear your name.
www.identity-theft-advisor.com   (898 words)

 Federal Trade Commission: Your National Resource About ID Theft
File a report with your local police or the police in the community where the identity theft took place.
The FTC maintains a database of identity theft cases used by law enforcement agencies for investigations.
Filing a complaint also helps us learn more about identity theft and the problems victims are having so that we can better assist you.
www.consumer.gov /idtheft   (489 words)

 Identity Theft
Identity fraud victims as a percent of the United States adult population have declined slightly from 4.7% to 4.0%, between 2003 and 2006.
In 63% of fraud cases, the point of compromise was either theft by close associates of the consumer (friends, family, neighbors, etc.), lost or stolen wallets, cards and checkbooks, breached home computers or stolen mail or trash.
Average out-of-pocket cost for identity fraud victims is $422 (7% of the average fraud amount of $6,383) down from $675 last year and $555 in 2003.
www.bbbonline.org /IDTheft/safetyQuiz.asp   (1466 words)

 Identity Theft -- Office of Inspector General   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Also, the unfortunate reality of identity theft is that it is you, the victim, who is responsible for cleaning up the mess and re-establishing your good name and credit.
Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States, costing victims over $5 billion annually.
Identity theft occurs when someone else uses your personally identifying information without your knowledge or permission to obtain credit cards, get wireless or phone products and services, obtain loans and mortgages, get a job, and commit other types of fraudulent or even criminal acts, in your name, leaving you responsible for the consequences.
www.ed.gov /about/offices/list/oig/misused/idtheft.html   (643 words)

 Identity Theft Victims Guide   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
If your identity thief is aggressive and gives no indication of ceasing to use your identity to obtain credit, and you live in a state that offers the security freeze, consider using it to reduce access to your credit file.
A victim of identity theft must provide a copy of the FTC affidavit or another affidavit acceptable to the business, plus government-issued identification, and a copy of an "identity theft report" (police report) in order to obtain the documents created by the imposter.
Sometimes victims of identity theft are wrongfully accused of crimes that were committed by the imposter.
www.privacyrights.org /fs/fs17a.htm   (4209 words)

 Take Charge: Fighting Back Against Identity Theft   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
If you tell the debt collector that you are a victim of identity theft and it is collecting the debt for another company, the debt collector must tell that company that you may be a victim of identity theft.
If you have an unresolved issue related to identity theft, or you have suffered or are about to suffer a significant hardship as a result of the administration of the tax laws, visit the IRS Taxpayer Advocate Service website www.irs.gov/advocate/ or call toll-free: 1-877-777-4778.
The FBI recognizes that identity theft is a component of many crimes, including bank fraud, mail fraud, wire fraud, bankruptcy fraud, insurance fraud, fraud against the government, and terrorism.
www.ftc.gov /bcp/conline/pubs/credit/idtheft.htm   (7740 words)

 Texas Attorney General
An identity thief may obtain your identifying information by stealing credit card applications, bank statements, or checks from your trash or mail, finding your lost or stolen wallet or purse, hacking your credit card number from a corporate database, or stealing your information from inside a company that holds it.
ID theft is a felony crime and should be reported to your local law enforcement agency.
If you are a victim of identity theft, you may get a call from someone posing as a bank representative or law enforcement official requesting your personal information under some pretext.
www.oag.state.tx.us /consumer/idtheft.shtml   (1613 words)

 Identity Theft Program
The Identity Theft Partnership in Prevention program at Michigan State University is undergoing major re-organization sans founding Director, Judith M. Collins,Ph.D. Professor Collins announced in mid-January of this year that she had accepted a position with the U.S.Department of State in Washington D.C. and could no longer serve as Director.
She worked with Dr. Collins on various research projects relating to identity theft, and assisted in the development and delivery of the various related workshops offered by that program.
Identity theft, beyond its context for covert financing, is anticipated to become more attractive to terrorists as a means of gaining entry into the United States.
www.cj.msu.edu /~outreach/identity   (545 words)

 Identity Theft
Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States.
Identity theft is often traced back to family members.
Criminal procedure; sentencing guidelines; sentencing guidelines for crimes of identity theft and obtaining, possessing, or transferring personal identifying information of another with intent to commit identity theft; establish.
www.preventcrime.net /identity_theft.htm   (1606 words)

 Bureau of Justice Statistics Identity Theft, 2004
This is the first report from new questions about identity theft added to the survey in July 2004 and encompasses credit card thefts, thefts from existing accounts, misuse of personal information, and multiple types at the same time.
Characteristics of the theft presented include economic loss, how the theft was discovered, whether misuse is ongoing, and problems experienced as a result of the identity theft.
3 in 10 households experiencing any type of identity theft discovered it by missing money or noticing unfamiliar charges on an account; almost 1 in 4 were contacted by a credit bureau.
www.ojp.usdoj.gov /bjs/abstract/it04.htm   (196 words)

 Identity Theft
To educate and protect our customers and community, we've outlined tips for preventing your identity theft, and a checklist of things to do immediately if you become a victim.
Identity theft occurs when someone acquires key pieces of another person's identity with the intent to commit fraud.
Identity theft is a felony crime; however, police cannot help with your credit record or undo the damage that has been done.
www.usbank.com /cgi_w/cfm/personal/achieve_goals/id_theft.cfm   (1235 words)

 myFICO - Identity Theft   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Yet more often than not, identity thieves are friends or relatives of the victim who get their personal information offline – not electronically.
One way to help avoid mistaken identity problems is to use your middle name or middle initial on applications to help distinguish you from others who have the same name.
While their investigators only tend to pursue larger fraud cases, the FTC does monitor all levels of identity theft crimes to find patterns and breaking up bigger identity theft rings.
www.myfico.com /CreditEducation/IDTheft.aspx?fire=1   (1600 words)

 Attorney General: Identity Theft   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) defines identity theft as "someone appropriating your personal information without your knowledge to commit fraud or theft." Typically, an identity thief steals your Social Security number or other personal identification, and uses it to obtain a credit card in your name or to commit some other crime.
Today, more and more businesses are seeing their bottom lines affected by identity theft.
Identity Theft Web Site, which provides a wealth of statistical information, background on the problem, and a
www.atg.wa.gov /consumer/idprivacy/idtheft_index.shtml   (495 words)

 Identity Theft Protection, Prevention, Statistics And Internet Identity Theft
Identity theft, sometimes called identity fraud, is the name given to a type of crime where someone wrongfully obtains and uses another person's personal data in some fraud or deception, usually for financial gain.
Often the criminal takes steps to ensure that documentation relating to the fraud is sent to an address that is not the victim's and thus the victim may not become aware of what is happening until for some time.
Not only can the victim of identity theft incur financial losses and inconvenience from the crime itself but the process of restoring their reputation, credit rating and incorrect personal information can be expensive, time consuming and stressful.
www.identitytheftprotection.org.uk   (405 words)

 Identity theft - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Identity theft is possible without serious breaches of privacy, usually due to personal or corporate negligence (not shredding confidential information, or giving out private information to unauthorized persons).
In the USA dealing with identity theft is the responsiblity of the Federal Trade Commission.
Firstly, he assumes the identity of a dead child by obtaining the child's birth certificate and using it to apply for a passport.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Identity_theft   (1487 words)

 Identity Theft and Your Tax Records
Identity theft occurs when someone uses your personal information such as your name, Social Security number, or other identifying information, without your permission, to commit fraud or other crimes.
People whose identities have been stolen can spend months or years - and their hard-earned money - cleaning up the mess thieves have made of their good name and credit record.
If you have an ongoing issue related to identity theft that has not been resolved through normal processes, or you have suffered or are about to suffer a significant hardship as a result of the administration of the tax laws, contact the IRS Taxpayer Advocate
www.irs.gov /individuals/article/0,,id=136324,00.html   (641 words)

 Identity Theft Protection Service | Identity Keeper
Only one in 10 victims report they were aware that their personal information had been taken before discovering they were victims of identity theft.
is a three-part approach to identity theft that proactively prevents identity theft as well as provides a full suite of insurance coverage in case you fall victim to an identity theft crime.
The Federal Trade Commission reports the number of identity theft complaints involving Americans 18 or younger nearly doubled in the past three years.
www.identitykeeper.com   (481 words)

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