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How Identity Theft Became A Risk

Apr 10, 2008
Identity theft is a huge problem in our modern world. This criminal activity not only hurts the organizations that are never paid, but also the individuals that have had their identities stolen. It also harms the general public because we are forced to pay the extra fees and higher interest rates companies must charge to make up for the money lost through these crimes. Although the origin of identity theft may seem difficult to pinpoint, it is really simply a part of a crime that has been a part of human history since prehistory. That crime is of course thievery.

The Origin of Identity Theft " Just a Creative Slant on Stealing?

However a person chooses to look at identity theft, it can be reduced to its simplest form. In its simplest form identity theft is simply stealing. The origin of identity theft can be traced before the times of the internet. A popular movie was recently made called Catch Me If You Can. This movie was a dramatization of a conmans life. He made his living by presenting himself as something he wasnt. In this particular movie the man presented himself as a person that was of various professions (many times to commit check fraud).

In this movie you can see simple identity theft. This has eventually turned into a modern day form of identity theft. People have just simply become better at it using the modern day conveniences of the internet and e-mail to not only to take on someone else's profession but now also become that person.

One of the ways they are able to do this is via e-mail. An email sent to an unsuspecting victim can contain a virus that can help a person to infiltrate your computer and gain personal information about you. Never open emails that are not from people you know or that are unexpected. Particularly read the name of the person an email is from and the subject line of the email.

In many cases these will be misspelled or obvious spam. Never open these spam emails. Keep your computers anti-virus program updated and running in the background at all times.

Another way these criminals are able to get information is by simply checking the trash that leaves your house. Never throw away paperwork that shows your social security number, birth date, account numbers, or other identify information.

It doesn't really matter when identity theft originated. What is most important is that as individuals, we are careful with our personal information to protect ourselves against this offense.
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