It used to be that shredding your documents was protection enough, but with modern technology, identity thieves
can access your information without ever leaving their home.
These proposals include the following actions: Amending the identity theft and aggravated identity theft statutes to permit the prosecution of identity thieves
; creating a two-year mandatory sentence for convicted identity thieves
available under the "aggravated identity theft" statute; and broadening the statute that criminalizes the theft of electronic data by eliminating the current requirement that the information must have been stolen through interstate communications.
may also steal a child's identity to commit other crimes, such as giving another person's identity to police at a traffic stop or during an arrest.
Stolen mail is still the major source of information for identity thieves
But many civil libertarians are concerned that the "contactless" chips--as opposed to cards that only give up their information upon direct contact with a reader--lack adequate security precautions and are susceptible to unauthorized "sniffing" by identity thieves
or government snoops hoping to gather information covertly from passport holders.
However, purchases and loans made by identity thieves
in another person's name often cannot be simply erased.
There are two classes of tax scams: those in which taxpayers try to avoid taxes and those in which identity thieves
use the tax law as a way to obtain sensitive personal information to use for illegal purposes.
also have used the identities of deceased individuals and prison inmates to apply for and obtain federal student aid.
The FACT Act requires regulators to devise a list of red flag indicators of identity theft, drawn from the patterns and practices of identity thieves
This section will discuss how identity thieves
obtain the necessary information in order to assume a victim's identity and the various ways in which identity thieves
exploit the victim's personal information for their own personal benefit.
9 million--fell prey to identity thieves
in the last year alone.
may pose as representatives of banks, Internet service providers, and even government agencies to get you to reveal your Social Ssecurity number (SSN), mother's maiden name, account numbers, and other identifying information.