Gauging the effectiveness of US identity theft legislation
Department or Administrative Unit
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.
Holtfreter, R. & Holtfreter, K. (2006) Gauging the effectiveness of US identity theft legislation. Journal of Financial Crime, 13(1), 56-64. DOI: 10.1108/13590790610641215
Journal of Financial Crime
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