Identity Theft

identity theft, the use of one person's personal information by another to commit fraud or other crimes. The most common forms of identity theft occur when someone obtains another person's social security number, driver's license number, date of birth, and the like and uses it to open a fraudulent bank, credit card, cellular telephone, or other account, or to obtain false loans. Criminal identity theft, the most common nonfinancial type, occurs when someone gives another's personal information to a law enforcement officer when he or she is arrested. In addition to the financial losses resulting from identity theft, the person whose personal information has been used will have an erroneous credit or criminal history that is often expensive and time-consuming to correct. The occurrence of identity theft increased significantly beginning in the late 1990s due to the computerization of records and the ability to use another's personal information anonymously over the Internet.

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2014, The Columbia University Press.

Identity Theft: Selected full-text books and articles

Identity Theft in Today's World
Megan McNally.
Praeger, 2012
Identity Theft: A Reference Handbook
Sandra K. Hoffman; Tracy G. McGinley.
ABC-Clio, 2010
Look out for Identity Scams
Wahl, Philip R., II.
Phi Kappa Phi Forum, Vol. 93, No. 3, Fall 2013
How Well Do Consumers Protect Themselves from Identity Theft?
Milne, George R.
The Journal of Consumer Affairs, Vol. 37, No. 2, Winter 2003
PEER-REVIEWED PERIODICAL
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Tax Identity Theft Surges in U.S
Hutchinson, Randy.
The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN), January 4, 2014
Identity Theft Strikes Young: Identity Thieves Are Targeting Children Who May Not Even Discover They've Had Their Personal Information Stolen for Several Years
Morton, Heather.
State Legislatures, Vol. 40, No. 6, June 2014
But Doctor, I Still Have Both Feet! Remedial Problems Faced by Victims of Medical Identity Theft
Sullivan, Katherine M.
American Journal of Law & Medicine, Vol. 35, No. 4, October 1, 2009
PEER-REVIEWED PERIODICAL
Peer-reviewed publications on Questia are publications containing articles which were subject to evaluation for accuracy and substance by professional peers of the article's author(s).
Preventing Identity Theft throughout the Data Life Cycle
Prosch, Marilyn.
Journal of Accountancy, Vol. 207, No. 1, January 2009
Data Security, Privacy, and Identity Theft: The Economics Behind the Policy Debates
Roberds, William; Schreft, Stacey L.
Economic Perspectives, Vol. 33, No. 1, Spring 2009
Identity Theft Victims Face Months of Hassle
Bailey, Brandon.
Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), December 15, 2014
The Effect of Data Breaches on Shareholder Wealth
Gatzlaff, Kevin M.; McCullough, Kathleen A.
Risk Management and Insurance Review, Vol. 13, No. 1, Spring 2010
PEER-REVIEWED PERIODICAL
Peer-reviewed publications on Questia are publications containing articles which were subject to evaluation for accuracy and substance by professional peers of the article's author(s).
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