Identity Theft Essay

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A rising crisis all over the world, and especially in the U.S., is child identity theft. Somebody stole 9-year-old Kyle Shoemaker’s identity to open up two credit card accounts and an $18,000 line of credit. Identity thieves don’t care about age, race, or gender. They’ll do what it takes to make themselves happy. Statistics • The U.S. Federal Trade Commission received 250,854 identity theft complaints in 2010. • Florida, Arizona, and California have the highest per capita rate of identity theft. • Identity fraud crimes that were committed by people that the victim knew, also known as “friendly fraud,” has grown by seven percent; people between the ages of 25 and 34 are most likely to be victim to this. Prevention • Shred any documents, credit cards, etc. with personal information available on them. • Hide your pin number when you type it in at the ATM. Somebody behind you could see it. • To prevent mail theft, don’t mail checks from your home address. • Cancel all credit cards you haven’t used in over six months. • Do not carry personal information with you, such as your birth certificate, social security card, or passport unless it is absolutely necessary. • Do not put your phone number on your checks. • When ordering credit cards or business cards, make sure your picture is on them. • Make your phone number unlisted. "Identity Theft Research and Statistics - ITAC Victim Database - Surveys of Identity Theft Victims." ITAC - Identity Theft Assistance Center ~ Helping Victims and Sharing Knowledge with Consumers and Law Enforcement to Protect from Identity Theft. 2011. Web. 13 Dec. 2011. "US Releases Identity Theft Statistics: Security Technology News." Security Technology News: Suppliers Directory, Information and Articles. 3 Sept. 2011. Web. 13 Dec. 2011.

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