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The purpose of this paper is to inform the reader of a new crime epidemic sweeping our nation along with our global community According to the Federal Trade Commission FTC report Broder 2003 the 1990s spawned a new variety of crooks called identity thieves The FTC stated before the US Congress that over 700000 people a year have been affected by this crime The perpetrators of this crime do not direct their attention towards any one single race ethnic background or gender Between January and December 2003 the FTC received over half of a million consumer identity theft complaints Consumers reported losses from these complaints of more than 400 million Internet related fraud accounted for 55 of all fraud reports up from 45 from the previous year In the states of Kansas alone we reported nearly 1378complaints of Identity theft this year The FTC further relate to congressional members that every 79 seconds a thief steals someones identity opens accounts in the victims name and goes on a buying spree Identity thieves stole nearly 100 million from financial institutions last year or an average of 6767 per victim It is the victim who has to prove fraud exists The judicial system that currently exists in this country states that any one accused of a crime is innocent until proven guilty Identity theft has become the most rapidly increasing crime What was once a personal crime requiring criminals to have some form of contact with the victim if nothing more than rummaging through the trash can now be done from as close as next door or as far away as across the world In the research for this paper I identify two of the most common occurrences of identity thefts phishing Internet based and Dumpster-diving followed by preventative measures Each of these thefts will be defined explained and given a possible solution against them The occurrences of identify theft will be sharply reduced when we increase
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