Title

Gauging the effectiveness of US identity theft legislation

Document Type

Article

Department or Administrative Unit

Accounting

Publication Date

2006

Abstract

Purpose - To examine identity theft in the United State.sand to provide an overview and assessn1ent of recent legislation designed to assist identity theft victims and punish offenders.

Design/methodology/approach - Statistics on the prevalence of identity theft are included, as well as details from a fact-based, fairly typical case of identify theft. An overview of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA) and the Identity Theft Penalty Act (ITPEA) are provided, and the provisions of each act are analyzed.

Originality/value - The topic of identity theft remains salient to researchers as well as criminal justice practitioners and victim advocates. Public education to increase knowledge of identity theft, and to provide information and resources for victims will be critical in the future.

Comments

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Journal

Journal of Financial Crime

Rights

Copyright © 2006 Emerald Group