Definition Of Identity Theft : The National Crime Victimization Survey

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Definition of Identity Theft

The National Crime Victimization Survey stated that, “there is no one universally accepted definition of identity theft as the term describes a variety of illegal acts involving theft or misuse of personal information” (As cited in Copes and Vieraitis, 2012). Therby, a commonly accepted definition of identity theft is known as the unlawful use, or possession, of someone else’s personal identifying information, which, can result in a criminal charge. Personally identifying documents, which, thieves often obtain include, an individual’s name’s, social security number, address, telephone, date of birth, driver’s license number, taxpayer identification number, government passport number, or any biometric information, such as the individual’s finger print (Allison, Schuck, and Lersch, 2005). Thieves often steal an individual’s identity in order to commit an array of financial crimes, which include, but are not limited to, taking out loans and cash advances, applying for credit card accounts, and to attain control over one’s financial account, in extreme cases (Allison et. al, 2005). Identity theft laws and their penalties vary both at the federal level and from state to state. If one is convicted of identity theft, it could potentially lead to one of the following penalties which include, fines that could potentially exceed five thousand dollars, probation, restitution to victims to compensate for their losses, and incarceration in prison for up…

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