Another incident occurred even more recently in Washington, DC. While simply trying to save some money on benefits, the people involved did not think much about security when posting this: Three Metro employees have been disciplined after the Social Security numbers of nearly 4,700 current and former employees were mistakenly posted on the transit agency's Web site last month, officials said yesterday. The information was part of a solicitation from Metro to companies interested in providing workers' compensation and risk management services. The document mistakenly included the Social Security numbers of 4,675 employees. (Sun, 2008) What exactly is Identity Theft? The general definition is the use of another person’ s identifying information, i.e. financial, personal, geographic (address) or another source, to perpetrate fraud or other types of falsification. This is done by using another person's social security number, date of birth, address, driver's license number, the thief can open bank accounts, apply for loans and credit cards, get a cell phone and so on in that person's name. Stealing their identity as well as their credit. In addition to the financial loss that can result from identity theft, by using another’ s identity the credit history and even the legal history of the victim can be damaged in the extreme. ("Identity Theft, " 2007)According to the Identity Theft and Assumption Act of 1998, identity theft (ID theft), occurs when someone is "knowingly transferring or using, without lawful authority, a means of identification of another person with the intent to commit, or to aid or abet, in the unlawful activity that constitutes a violation of federal law. " It is a federal crime. (Alt, 2004, p. 67)There is also a theft known as Criminal Identity theft. This is, for the most part, non-financial and occurs when someone gives another person’ s ID to a policeman or other law enforcement official during an arrest.
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