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Identity Theft

  • Date Submitted: 03/02/2011 09:53 PM
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Do you give out your social security number or personal information to companies that you are not certain of? Have you ever acquired expenses you are unsure of? Well, if you have you may just be a victim of identity theft. Here in the United States identity theft is on the up rise. One out of three people have had their identity stolen. In 1998, the U.S. Department of Justice made identity theft a federal offense.
Identity theft is defined as the act of wrongfully obtaining information about a person by using fraud and then taking that information and using it for one’s personal gain. This is a crime. The most common times of information that are easily accessible include bank account information, social security numbers, and even credit card numbers.
Technology is known as the branch of knowledge that deals with the creation and use of technical means and their interrelation with life, society, and environment, drawing upon such subjects as industrial arts, engineering, applied science, and pure science. The application of technology is closely related to the crime of identity theft because most of the 255,565 cases reported in 2005 all dealt with technology in some way. There was a 4% increase in reported identity theft cases from 2004 to 2005. The average mean of total dollar amount in identity theft and fraud cases is over $30,000.
Most people are unaware how technology influences identity theft and identity fraud. Technology helps businesses to grow and expand. With the Internet being the largest network available in the world, identity theft and online scams are occurring every second of the day. There are many unsafe websites on the internet and some offer promising notes that if you click on such a page you will win this. Some people, in doing this, give their information thinking they have won a grand prize and to their surprise they have not. Now, a criminal has all their personal information and can do whatever he pleases with it. Thus, sometimes,...

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