Identity Theft. By:Annalee Vanfossen. What is Identity theft?. Faking someone’s identity who is not yours Trying to achieve something while using fake identification Involves social security, identification card, even bank and credit cards in common cases. Identity Theft.
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On the left Elizabeth reed, On the right missing Brooke Henson who’d been missing for 8 years.
“Catch Him if you can”- Frank Abagnale in the 1960s impersonated characters such as an airline pilot, doctor, assistant attorney general, and history professor during so racking up 4 million dollars in bad checks. He was eventually caught and convicted but now serves as one of the privacy laws and owns a business fighting the same crime he committed.
Don’t give away information to people about your identity, credit cards, how much you make, etc.
Be cautious when shopping online, make sure cite is real and payment cite is real.
Never answer spam emails.
Stay alert when out shopping or atm and banks for people looking at your card or account.
Watch what you carry in your wallet, a lot of people carry social cards, id, birth certificate, keep social card in a safe place at home like a safe.
Don’t carry blank checks around or past checks.
$21 Billion dollars in the U.S. of identity theft realted in 2013.
People between ages 18-24 have the highest rates of ID theft
People over age 65 are less likely to experience ID theft but spend more time resolving problems when a theft occurs.
In 2008, credit card fraud was the most common form of reported identity theft
How can you stop the fraud? As soon as you are made aware of the fraud (usually a creditor will contact you or you will be denied credit, or you will see charges that are not yours on bills) you must immediately contact the three major credit reporting agencies by phone and letter to put a fraud alert on your credit profileShould you change your social security number if you are a victim of identity-theft? In most cases this is a bad idea. You have had that number for many years and it is attached to many documents, including your credit report and various other private and governmental documents