Identity Theft: A Reference Handbook by Sandra K. Hoffman

By Sandra K. Hoffman

What are the typical varieties of identification robbery? who're the main most probably objectives? what's legislations enforcement doing to counter against the law perpetrated not just by way of petty thieves and complicated con artists, yet by way of terrorists, money-launderers, and people interested in human trafficking, drug trafficking, and unlawful immigration? id robbery: A Reference instruction manual examines those questions and more.With the 1998 identification robbery and Assumption Deterrence Act as its place to begin, this informative quantity starts by way of explaining the federal, nation, and worldwide definitions of identification robbery and the way the shortcoming of a standardized strategy mask the genuine pervasiveness of the matter. as well as addressing the crime's perpetrators, equipment, and sufferers, the e-book additionally appears to be like at what participants, companies, and the govt. are doing—and may still contemplate doing—to shrink the expansion of this crime.

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The professional identity thief may regard identity theft as an occupation (Morris 2004). Offenders in this category utilize a vast array of methods, ranging from stealing mail to hacking databases, to obtain personal information. They are adept at hiding Who Are the Perpetrators? 19 their true identities. In order to remain invisible for long periods of time, some professional identity thieves completely take over the identities of other people and often enlist others, called co-op identity thieves, as partners in carrying out the crimes.

In contrast, the modus operandi change and evolve over time (Casey 2001). A modus operandi (MO) refers to how individuals Who Are the Perpetrators? 17 commit crimes. They are the actions taken by perpetrators to ensure that the crime can be carried out successfully, to guarantee they will not be caught during the act(s) of preparing for and committing the crime, and to avoid being identified as the person who committed the crime. Given that MOs change and evolve over time, further discussion of those methods most commonly used to obtain identifying information is presented in chapter 2, but the following case illustrates why and how one woman committed identity theft.

June 2002. GAO-2–766. gao. pdf. Accessed June 27, 2007. Virginia Department of Corrections-Inmate Status Information Center. cgi/ (object name Sloan). Accessed June 24, 2007. ” News release. May 10, 2006. gov/. Accessed June 10, 2006. Wright, Chris. 2000. com: What happened last fall on this tiny New Hampshire street triggered a national debate on Internet crime. ” Boston Phoenix, August 10–17. html. Accessed November 18, 2005. 2 Problems, Controversies, and Solutions T his chapter is designed to acquaint readers with many of the complex issues surrounding identity theft.

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