Exploratory Essay

Exploratory Essay - Kersten Zielinski Exploratory Essay ENGL 111 MW 5:30-6:50 Identity Theft is NOT a Good Research Paper Topic According to

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Kersten Zielinski Exploratory Essay ENGL 111 MW 5:30-6:50 October 24, 2007 Identity Theft is NOT a Good Research Paper Topic According to TrustedID, identity theft is one of the fastest-growing U.S. crimes. Studies show that about one in five families has been a victim. Identity theft is sub-divided into four categories: Financial Identity Theft (using another's name and SSN to obtain goods and services); Criminal Identity Theft (posing as another when apprehended for a crime); Identity Cloning (using another's information to assume his or her identity in daily life); and Business/Commercial Identity Theft (using another's business name to obtain credit). There are many techniques used to obtain another’s identity, including, but not limited to, dumpster diving, pick-pocketing, hacking, and browsing social networks. The increase in crimes of identity theft lead to the drafting of the Identity Theft and Assumption Deterrence Act (“Identity Theft”). Today’s most used website among individuals, excluding e-mail, seems to be either MySpace or Facebook (or both). In his article “Why Your MySpace or Facebook Profile Might Get Your Identity Stolen,” Matthew Paulson writes about how people are displaying personal information about themselves that they wouldn’t want just anyone to know. “Nearly 50% of Facebook users,” writes Paulson, “are displaying enough information to steal their ID.” He advises that “a good rule of thumb is that if you need a piece of info to open a bank account, it’s probably not a good idea to put it on your Facebook profile.” Paulson does a good job of opening up parents’ eyes as to what might be on their child’s profile. A lot of the people using MySpace are middle and high schoolers who don’t think twice about what they include on their page, let alone the dangers of putting that information on their page. Knowing this, hopefully parents will be more attentive to what their child is revealing about themselves to anyone and everyone. Trusted ID released multiple resources about the different types of identity theft, a victim’s guide, a high risk map, etc. Its Military Identity Theft report tells the story of Commander Frank Mellot. His half-brother had stolen his identity, and he had to go through hell to clear his name. The crime put Mellot,
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This essay was uploaded on 04/04/2008 for the course ENGL 111 taught by Professor Roof during the Fall '07 term at Saginaw Valley.

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Exploratory Essay - Kersten Zielinski Exploratory Essay ENGL 111 MW 5:30-6:50 Identity Theft is NOT a Good Research Paper Topic According to

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