IDENTITY THEFT REACHES EPIDEMIC PROPORTIONS
Compiled By Ralph Thomas
 
Recent statistics show that Identity Theft is becoming a problem of epidemic proportions in the United States. Many criminologists are calling it the fastest growing crime in America. James E. Bauer, Deputy Assistant Director of the Office Of Investigations, United States Secret Service recently stated, "Identity Take Over Fraud has come into its own, and promises not to go away until significant changes evolve in the manner and methods by which personal identifiers are collected and used." It is estimated that Identity Theft is effecting 500,000 new victims per year.


"Identity Take Over Fraud has come into its own, and promises not to go away until significant changes evolve in the manner and methods by which personal identifiers are collected and used."
James E. Bauer, Deputy Assistant Director
Office Of Investigations, United States Secret Service

 
When someone steals someone else's identity, massive amounts of bills can be charged up by the criminal in the from of credit purchases. It's estimated that 25% of all credit card fraud is the caused by identity theft. Victims of this crime find little help with conventional organizations such as credit bureaus, credit card companies and sometimes even law enforcement. In some states, this isn't even considered a crime yet. Private investigators are starting to provide services in order to help victims of Identity Theft by tracking down the criminal and helping the client turn to the right places to get credit records straightened out.
 
A manual by California attorney Mari J. Frank who was a victim of identity theft herself is now being offered to help victims and services who help victims combat this new white collar crime.
 
 
 
FOR INFORMATION ON THE IDENTITY-THEFT SURVIVAL MANUAL
FROM VICTIM TO VICTOR, CLICK HERE
 
MORE HELPFUL LINKS
 
VICTIMS OF IDENTITY THEFT ACTION AND
SUPPORT GROUP
http://www.pirg.org/pirg/calpirg/consumer/privacy/toi/voit.htm
 
TEACHING SUGGESTIONS TO HELP STUDENTS PREVENT IDENTITY
THEFT
http://www.bvte.ecu.edu/ACBMEC/p1998/caudill.htm
 
STARTLING FACTS
http://www.privacyrights.org/_vti_bin/shtml.exe/idtheftkit/startling_facts.htm/map
 
IDENTITY THEFT II:
http://www.pirg.org/pirg/consumer/xfiles/index.htm
 
CREDIT IDENTITY THEFT:
TIPS TO AVOID AND RESOLVE PROBLEMS
CA. DEPT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS
http://www.dca.ca.gov/legal/p-3.html
 
NEW CREDIT REPORT LAW TAKES EFFECT SEPT. 30TH, BUT
CHANGES WON'T STOP GROWING IDENTITY THEFT PROBLEM
http://www.pirg.org/pirg/consumer/xfiles/press.htm
 
 
Consumer Privacy Rights Program
PREVENTING IDENTITY THEFT
http://www.pirg.org/calpirg/consumer/privacy/
 
IDENTITY THEFT IS ON THE RISE
http://www.fraud.org/news/1996/feb96/021496.htm
 
IDENTITY THEFT HELP
How To Protect Yourself From Fraud
http://www.clipi.org/ident.html
 
THIS IS NO JOKE: IDENTITY THEFT REVISITED
http://www.fraud.org/news/1996/apr96/040196.htm
 
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