Identity Theft

Definition

Identity theft is a term used to describe a particular type of fraud where someone obtains details of an individual in order to pretend to be them so that they can obtain money or perhaps other benefits.

Description

Each individual hold their own identity which shows who the person is and its background. “Criminals can find out your personal details and use them to open bank accounts and get credit cards, loans, state benefits and documents such as passports and driving licenses in your name.” (identitytheft.org, 2010)

In few years ago, identity theft started where people steal other identities and pretending as it is their identity for several reasons:

• To promote themselves.
• For perform an evil act and frame others.
• Use to disgrace other person.
• If they have been black listed, they use other people’s identity.
• To avoid being prosecuted for the crime they have committed, they use other people’s identity.
• To steal money and transfer all property documents on their name
• To rule on other people’s asset

Identity Theft as Crime

Identification theft is a widely common and serious crime. In this crime, one person steals another’s identity in order to use their name for financial gain. It is mainly known that in today’s age, it is people with bad credit history who are subject to commit this crime so that to take out loans and credit cards in someone else’s name and steal all the funds. It is essential to learn the history of identity theft in order to learn and be fully aware of the preventative steps that can be taken in such occurrence.

In addition, people often associate that when the internet came out this is when identity theft started to rise, but it is proven to be this is not the case. Majority of individuals believe that it began when the internet but this is not the case at all. Although relatively short, it is very common for the last five years now and the rates of this crime are only continuing to increase. This was when these crime first began to rise, occurring, and therefore ofcourse individuals had no idea about them and a most of the time would fall for the scam.

The government has warned people several times about identity theft yet there are people who still take it easy and allow others to use their identities. The only point they realise about the consequences is when they get charged or prosecuted by law of judiciary.

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