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Identity Theft

Identify theft is the most damaging and personally invasive of new illegal cyberactivities. It is a crime in just about any country to steal someone's identify. The use of technology and the Internet has made it very simple to become someone else. When someone wrongfully obtains and uses another person's personal data that is identity theft. Fraud is very closely linked to identity theft in many cases. In the U.S., online databases carrying everything from your Social Security number to your driver license information, which can be hacked and stolen. When criminals try to become you, they steal as much information about you as they can, such as bank account or credit card numbers, telephone calling card numbers, your home address, your cell phone number, and your Social Security card number. All these bits of information can be used to re-create you for their own purposes, which in many cases is for financial gain. With access to all this information, someone can open a bank account, write bad checks, take money from your existing bank accounts, open credit cards, and ruin your financial standing. Running up huge debts and using your identify to commit a crime can even get you thrown in prison.

Even before the advent of sophisticated Internet technologies, identity theft was a problem. The easy ways to find information and cause identify theft have grown with Internet use. In the U.S., one of the most important pieces of information about you is your Social Security number, and probably next in line are your birthday and home address. With such information, a criminal can open credit card accounts, take out loans, and even get a driver's license. Crimes can be committed in your name after a criminal has this information.


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