Identity Theft Essay

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‘Identity theft is a form of stealing someone's identity in which someone pretends to be someone else by assuming that person's identity, typically in order to access resources or obtain credit and other benefits in that person's name.” There are also different types of identity theft; Identity cloning and concealment, Criminal identity theft, Synthetic identity theft, Medical identity theft, and Child identity theft. Someone who is a victim of identity theft, can suffer a few consequences, or be permanently destroyed. There are also ways to protect you from becoming a victim of identity theft. There are different organizations to help victims of identity theft. Cloning and concealment is when someone takes over someone else’s identification to conceal their own. An example would be an illegal immigrant, who uses someone else social security number to make a living in the U.S. Synthetic identity theft, is combining a real social security number with a different name that isn’t associated with the social security number. Synthetic identity theft is also more difficult to track down. Criminal identity theft is someone informing the police that there someone else during an arrest. An example of criminal identity would be, showing the police a state id or driver’s license that isn’t yours. Seeking medical attention with someone else’s medical documentation is considered medical identity theft. Lastly there’s child identity theft. Child identity theft is the misuse of their social security number for personal gain. The U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Technology, Terrorism, and Government Information, estimates that there are 500,000 to 700,000 cases of some type of identity theft committed every year. “Victims are not liable for the bills accumulated up by the imposters, thanks to federal law. But they do have the anxiety and frustration of spending months, even

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