Identity Theft is a segment of crime in which the Broward County Crime Commission is very proactive. The different tentacles associated with it, encompasses crime control by every law enforcement agency.
Identity Theft is a form of stealing someone's identity in which someone pretends to be someone else by assuming that person's identity, typically in order to access resources or obtain credit and other benefits in that person's name. The victim of identity theft (here meaning the person whose identity has been assumed by the identity thief) can suffer adverse consequences if they are held accountable for the perpetrator's actions. Identity theft occurs when someone uses your personally identifying information, like your name, Social Security number, or credit card number, without your permission, to commit fraud or other crimes.
Identity theft can be divided into five categories:
• Criminal identity theft (posing as another person when apprehended for a crime)
• Financial identity theft (using another's identity to obtain credit, goods and services)
• Identity cloning (using another's information to assume his or her identity in daily life)
• Medical identity theft (using another's identity to obtain medical care or drugs)
• Child identity theft.
The Broward County Crime Commission disseminates brochures
from the Federal Trade Commission:
The information discusses how thieves steal an identity, including but not limited to:
1. Dumpster Diving - Thieves rummage through trash looking for bills or other paper with your personal information on it.
2. Skimming - Thieves steal credit/debit card numbers by using a special storage device when processing your card.
3. Phishing - Thieves pretend to be financial institutions or companies and send spam or pop-up messages to get you to reveal your personal information.
4. Changing Your Address - They divert your billing statements to another location by completing a change of address form.
5. Changing Your Address - Thieves divert your billing statements to another location by completing a change of address form.
6. Old-Fashioned Stealing - Thieves steal wallets and purses; mail, including bank and credit card statements; pre-approved credit offers; and new checks or tax information. They steal personnel records, or bribe employees who have access.
7. Pre-texting - They use false pretenses to obtain your personal information from financial institutions, telephone companies, and other sources.
Identity Related Theft - A Threat Assesment:
Putting an End to Account-Hijacking Identity Theft:Preventing Identity Theft:How Identity Theft Can Effect You:Guidebook for Assisting Identity Theft Victims:Combating Identity Theft – A Strategic Plan: