The need or the desire to steal another person’s identity was created by both the laws of nature and the laws of man. Identity theft has been with man from the beginning of time. Today, it’s the fastest growing crime in the global community It is the crime of taking and using as one’s own the identity of another person without their consent. It is an intentional deceptive behavior that is designed to deprive the rightful owner of the continuous and uninterrupted enjoyment of his or her identity.
The first recorded report of this theft was found in Genesis 25:27-34 and 27:19-36, and addresses an issue created by the birth of twins. This reporting presents a clear picture of the second-born son desires to have the birthrights and blessings of the first-born son, The report presents a step-by-step procedure taken by the mother and her second-born son, to convince the blind father that he was giving the first-born blessings to his first-born son. The cleverness of the father’s ability to use all of his sensing faculties to make-up for his inability to see was equally impressive. The premeditated steps taken by the mother and her second-born son to counter the father’s cleverness in order to steal the first-born blessings, is an indication of the level of cleverness and determination today’s identity thieves will use to claim the identity of others for their personal usage.
Identity thieves steal identities for different reasons. In all cases the information needed to steal the identity of others, includes but is not limited to, the name, address, phone number, driver’s license numbers, credit card numbers, medical records, bank account numbers, social security numbers, income information, or other personal information. Records at the drug store usually contains enough information to allow an identity thief to steal someone’s identity. According to the Non-profit Identity Theft Resource Center, identity theft can be subdivided into five categories:
- Criminal identity theft which is posing as another person when apprehended for a crime.
- Financial identity theft which is using another’s identity to obtain credit, goods, and/or services.
- Identity cloning which is using another’s information to assume his or her identity in daily life.
- Medical identity theft is using another’s identity to obtain medical care and/or drugs.
- Child identity theft occurs when a minor’s social security number is used by another person for the imposter’s personal gain.
Once the personal identity has been stolen and put into use by a thief, it can takes months to stop the fraudulent use of the information, and it could take years to clean-up a good name and credit report. The good news is that there are ways to prevent becoming a victim of identity theft. One way is to engage the services of a big guard dog, mutilate or destroy all bank statements, credit cards with name address and accounts numbers on it before it becomes trash. Another way is to change passwords and never use the birthdate of a family member. Protecting yourself and your family from the horrors associated with identity theft that was created by the laws of both nature and man is an important job.