Essay on Identity Theft
Tracy A. Baggett
Keller Graduate School of Management
Identity Theft; Fastest Growing Crime
Imagine waking up to news that you had accumulated hundreds of thousands in debt after someone used your identity for unauthorized purchases. This is exactly what happened to John Harrison, a Connecticut salesman. Jerry Phillips, the twenty year old who stole John Harrison’s identity went on a shopping spree that included purchases to Home Depot, JC Penny, Sears, Lowes and even bought two cars from Ford, a Kawasaki and a Harley. In just four months Jerry Phillips was able to accumulate $ 265,000 in purchases.
Jerry Phillips was later arrested and imprisoned for three years. He even went …show more content…
One reason for the increase in identity theft may be that consumers often become victims of identity theft without having any direct contact with the identity thieves is simply by doing things that are part of everyday routine – using their credit card or debit card and charging dinner at a restaurant, using purchase gasoline, groceries, or purchasing items online, or submitting personal information to employers and various