internet identity theft

internet identity theft - Team Ramrod Page1"The crime of...

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Team Ramrod Page1 “The crime of the century”, the term brings much zeal with it, the train robbings of the Wild West; the robbers would often ride up to the train and confiscate all the gold on board. The crime actually had a good return rate for the thieves with a low chance of getting caught. They swooped in fast then got away, often traveling a great distance with their prize by the time the authorities were contacted. Even after the police were notified it was hard for them to catch the criminals, not knowing who or how many were involved, where they went with their stealing. If train robberies were the crime of the twentieth century, we could say identity theft is the crime of the twenty first century. Very much of the same qualities pertain to identity theft. For the most part they are into and out of your accounts, stealing a great deal of money before you are even aware. On top of that once you contact authorities there is almost no chance for the thieves to be caught, they are miles away, just as the train robbers were, and the victim has no idea of who the perpetrator was. Internet identity theft has become an issue of concern. "Identity theft and fraud are terms used to refer to all types of crime in which someone wrongfully obtains and uses another person's personal data in some way that involves fraud or deception, typically for economic gain" (Identity , 2007). Personal data includes such things as a social security number, bank accounts, and credit card numbers. If a criminal obtains this personal data, major damage can be done to the victim (Identity , 2007). Identity thieves are probably the most cunning of any other criminal out there. They can simply sit back and just gather personal information about people, behind the screen of the internet. Once they have enough of your information, BAM, your credit
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Team Ramrod Page2 cards are maxed out or your checking accounts are picked clean, ruining your monetary assets for the time being and crushing your credit score. The possibility for one to commit this crime arises with the advent of the computer along with the internet. The internet spawned the information age, a time of “unprecedented information sharing, connectivity, and convenience” (Becker). In the nineteen nineties, e-commerce started on an upward trend, the simplicity of shopping for goods, banking, and even government services from your own home. The availability of your information on the web, combined with very little precautions taken by those giving their information out creates an easy prey for identity thieves. The main problem is one doesn’t know they are being violated until way late. Most people don’t take precautions, not because they don’t care but because they are not aware of the dangers out to get them. The victims weren’t thinking this won’t happen to me, but were simply going about their daily lives and not knowing what precautions they should have been taking. The fact that the main crop of
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