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Understanding identity theft

Some crimes are viewed as minor and victimless. However, when it comes to financial crimes, many can suffer from those committing them. Thus, harsh penalties follow those convicted of such crimes. With regards to identity theft, it is believed that more than just the owner of the identity suffers as criminals could use this information to pose threats to national security and private citizens.

Identity theft can come in various forms. And because this crime is not new, state and government organizations are aware of the constant changes and expansions this crime has taken on. Whether it is the theft of IDs, scams or through the Internet, identity theft could occur in person or online.

Identity theft can include the theft of names, date of birth, Social Security numbers, Medicare umbers, addresses, birth certificates, passport numbers, death certificates, financial account numbers, passwords, telephone numbers and biometric data. According to current statistics, the number of complaints regarding identity theft almost doubled between 2010 and 2015.

Whether you are accused of credit card fraud, internet fraud or mail fraud, it is important to understand the details of this crime, the evidence collected against you and what penalties you could face. Because individuals are very sensitive about their personal information, it is possible that false complaints are filed and wrongful allegations are made.

Because of this, defendants should gain a full picture of their matter and what defense strategies are in their best interests. This could help the accused protect their rights and their future. By initiating a timely defense, defendants could ultimately reduce their charges or even clear their name by dismissing the charges against them.

Source: Fbi.gov, "Identity Theft," accessed Sept. 3, 2017

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