Identity Theft: A Reference Handbook

Identity Theft: A Reference Handbook

Identity Theft: A Reference Handbook

Identity Theft: A Reference Handbook


A comprehensive examination of different forms of identity theft and its economic impact, including profiles of perpetrators and victims and coverage of current trends, security implications, prevention efforts, and legislative actions.

• Includes a chronology of key decisions, cases, and government action in the development of identity theft policy

• Offers a list of key terms that will help the reader to better understand the sometimes unique language of crimes


Identity Theft: A Reference Handbook is a comprehensive guide to developing an understanding of what identity theft is. The book demonstrates that the crime of identity theft knows no boundaries. Victims and perpetrators of identity theft vary in age, gender, race, socioeconomic status, and occupation. Furthermore, it is a crime of global concern. Incidents of identity theft are escalating in the United States as well as in other countries. Given the far-reaching implications and proliferation of the crime, it is important to develop a thorough understanding of the crime in order to work toward viable solutions to the problem.

Chapter 1 begins by defining identity theft and distinguishing between the different types of the crime. The chapter then offers readers a history of the crime to illustrate its evolution as it has adapted to changes in modern society. After the historical discussion, the chapter focuses on the common characteristics of identity theft perpetrators. In this section, readers are presented with demographic information pertaining to the offenders and their motives for committing the crime. Lastly, Chapter 1 discusses the types of identity theft to which victims are most often subjected and explores the factors that may contribute to the likelihood of victimization.

Chapter 2 addresses the problems, controversies, and solutions surrounding identity theft. This section looks at the elements that go into detecting identity theft, the impact that it has on its victims, and the tactics that perpetrators utilize to commit the crime. Also discussed are various trends in the crime, such as medical identity theft, and issues that put identities at risk of being stolen, including information security breaches. Chapter 2 then focuses on the possible solutions to identity theft. These solutions . . .

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