New PDF release: Identity thieves : motives and methods
By Heith Copes
Even though id robbery is without doubt one of the quickest becoming fiscal crimes within the usa, researchers have dedicated little consciousness to realizing identification thieves. Basing their paintings on interviews with fifty nine inmates serving time in federal legal for a number of id robbery crimes, Copes and Vieraitis use criminological and sociological theories to realize perception into the cognitive, behavioral, and organizational facets of identification robbery. additionally they supply coverage innovations to lessen the ever-increasing probability of this crime.
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He found these crimes more profitable than his own credit card scams. As well as paying the bills, he spent his new income on marijuana, cocaine, strip clubs, and girlfriends. ” Eventually, Lawrence branched out on his own, creating a team— including his father and twin brother—who committed identity theft and check fraud. A typical crime involved buying identifying information from prostitutes, who stole it from clients, or from friends, who would steal information from the homes of girlfriends or acquaintances.
4 Jolyn told us that because she was subject to an arrest warrant, she used another’s identity to get a telephone. While her identity theft started as a means to get phone service, she eventually used this information to garner social security benefits. Jamie said, “I needed my utilities on. [I did it] for that reason. ” Sylvia used the identities of others for utilities, housing, and automobiles. In her words, “I just didn’t like to have nothing in my name. I didn’t like nothing in my name because I was under probation so my probation officer couldn’t come in and just check the whole house.
Ten members of the sample listed divorce or separation, among many other reasons, for instigating identity theft. Emma’s remarks characterized this process: I had gotten divorced, I was a single mom, and I was struggling. I was working, but I’ve worked for a number of years as an independent contractor doing medical transcription and I lost some of my accounts. I was struggling with depression and dealing with a lot of things. . we began to socialize and they said, “We do identity theft and we think you would do really good going into a bank and taking some money out.
Identity thieves : motives and methods by Heith Copes