Identity Theft Case Study

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1. Describe the demographic information of victims of Internet Identity Theft using the Lifestyle Exposure theory. Explain how identity theft victims are emotionally harmed? Richard Clowland and Lloyd Ohlin’s Lifestyle Exposure theory touches on why it is important to understand how criminal inclinations are channeled by opportunities to be criminal. In relation to the question, I will focus on the trends in which people with certain demographic characteristics distribute their time and energies to across a range of activities, and the relationship of these trends to the risk of Identity theft by motivated offenders. With the overall measure of identity theft, anyone whose existing accounts – either credit card accounts or non-credit card accounts,…show more content…
Do they carry their Social Security card in their wallet/purse? Do they carry other cards with their SSN in their wallet/purse? Do they leave their wallet/purse in a publicly accessible location when outside their home? If so, do they ever leave it out of sight? Do they shred any paperwork or mail containing sensitive personal information before disposing of it? If so, how is it disposed of? By and large, identity theft is a faceless crime, one that many victims can feel powerless to both prevent and prosecute. Coupled with the helplessness and emotional toll, many victims have had their relationships with family members, friends, co-workers, and even romantic partners affected by identity theft. The anguish that identity theft and fraud can cause in its victims can lead to overwhelming sadness and to some extreme cases even thought of suicide. 2. Business opportunities advertised as "Work at Home" schemes are one of the leading forms of Internet fraud. How is this online scam conducted and why, in your opinion, do you think this scam is so…show more content…
However, the reason may not be the environment under which business and personal communications are conducted. The complexities in catching cyber-criminals has meant that, in the past, many have gotten away with their crimes and do not face the same punishment as traditional criminals, which most likely lead to the attraction of committing the crime in the first place. Formerly violent offenders have increasingly turned to cyber-crime as a low-risk way or perpetrating lucrative criminal acts. There is lack of visibility that cyber-enabled fraud enjoys compared to other real-world kinds of crime making it extremely hard to monitor and police (Leppard,

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