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NCJ Number: 210695 Find in a Library
Title: Remedies Available to Victims of Identity Theft
Author(s): Angie A. Welborn
Corporate Author: Library of Congress
Federal Research Division
United States of America
Date Published: September 2003
Page Count: 13
Sponsoring Agency: Library of Congress
Washington, DC 20540
Publication Number: RL31919
Sale Source: Library of Congress
Federal Research Division
101 Independence Ave, SE
Washington, DC 20540
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Legislation/Policy Description
Format: Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report provides an overview of Federal and State law pertinent to addressing issues related to the growing crime of identity theft.
Abstract: The theft of personal information used to assume the persona of another person to conduct financial transactions in their name and under their financial status is the most common complaint from consumers in all 50 States, according to the Federal Trade Commission. Federal laws have been enacted to assist victims of identity theft in purging inaccurate information from their credit records due to fraudulent transactions by identity thieves. Federal law also assists victims of identity theft in removing from credit accounts unauthorized charges by identity thieves. In addition, Federal laws impose criminal penalties on those who assume another person's identity through the use of fraudulent identification documents. Also reviewed are State laws and recent legislative proposals aimed at preventing identity theft and providing additional remedies. This report identifies and explains the provisions of each law or type of law that address some act or consequence of identity theft. 44 notes
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Credit card fraud; Credit fraud; Federal Code; Fraud; Fraud and abuse prevention measures; Identity Theft; State laws; Victim services; Victim-witness legislation; Victims rights
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