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What is identity theft?

ID theft, which it is commonly called, is when a person assumes the identity ofanother, without that person’s consent for the purpose of making a profit or in some cases concealing their own identity. ID theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States. Identity theft claims over one billion dollars in illegal profits at the cost of U.S. victims alone.IDtheft According to the FederalTradeCommission (FTC), over 9 million Americans have their identities stolen each year. The victim is usually alerted their identity was stolen by; unauthorized charges on a credit card statement, contact from a collection agency, turned down for a house or automobile loan, or when they review their credit report. In some cases, the victim does not detect that their identity has been stolen until after a year or more after it occurred.

The criminal in an ID theft case will gather key pieces of information about their victims:

  • Name and Address
  • Date of Birth
  • Social Security Number
  • Driver’s License Number
  • Bank Account Information
  • Credit/Debit Card Numbers

They use this information to obtain merchandise, credit, and services in the person’s name they have stolen. After this occurs, the victim is left to correct his or her damaged credit history and the difficult task of attempting to regain their good credit standing. In addition, identity theft criminals will use their victim’s name for other criminal activities like fraud, con games and related crimes.





















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