Computer Forensics Indentity Theft
Identity theft is a relatively new term used to describe a particularly dangerous new type of fraud. Although the concept and basic methods used to steal identity are not new, the Internet has enabled these types of criminals to perform an act of identity theft relatively easily. Disklabs are able to assist with both victims of identity theft and those who wish to take steps to ensure that their digital identity is secure. There are four main types of identity theft which will be explained below.
1. Financial identity theft - This is by far the most prolific form of identity theft. It is used to define a situation whereby an individual will procure funds, usually a loan or some other form of credit. The thief will use a genuine identity to apply for credit; this will include a name, date of birth and a valid address. This form of identity theft is particularly hard to trace as the paper trail leads back to the victim.
2. Identity cloning - this form of identity theft involves the perpetrator taking on an entirely new and fake identity which has been stolen from somebody else. The thief will obtain identification documents such as driving licence or passport; these will be used in situations where they will need to prove their identity, usually involving criminal activities.
3. Criminal identity theft - This involves a person who has been arrested or detained on suspicion of criminal activity supplying identity details that are not theirs. This can be potentially harmful situation for the real owner of the ID, as they may find that they have accrued a criminal record which has nothing to do with them.
4. Synthetic identity theft - This involves an individual creating a completely new synthetic identity. The perpetrator will often create a completely fictitious ID using a Social Security number as the basis for this, and then attempting to create a whole new record in credit files using this new identity.
All of these forms of identity theft have become much easier to perpetrate with the advent of Internet technology. If you feel you are the victim of identity theft is important that you act quickly, as quite often the source records generated by the thief are hard to remove from your credit rating, criminal record and other official databases.