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What is Identity Theft?
Using someone else’s personal
and/or financial information in order
to take on their identity and ...
Identity Theft: Problem and Solutions
• Identity Theft as a Social Problem
• Magnitude
• Negative Effects
• Cause
• Soluti...
Magnitude
• Technological and non-technological
• Affects millions annually and costs
billions of dollars
• Audience surve...
NEGATIVE EFFECTS
• Drained bank account
• Stolen tax refund
• Give your name during
arrest
• Get treatment using your
heal...
CAUSES
• Like other theft: greed
and desperation
• Data breaches
• Using unsecured wireless
networks
• Stolen wallet or la...
What’s the Solution? Prevention!
• Third parties work to prevent identity theft
• Steps that individuals can take:
• Monit...
TIPS
• Use Paypal and
1Password
• Make use of fraud
monitoring by banks
and/or credit companies
• Buy a shredder
• Continu...
Let’s Summarize…
• Identity theft is a social problem
• Affects millions and costs billions annually
• Negative effects li...
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  1. 1. Image credit: http://www.heyuguys.co.uk/identity-thief-uk-trailer-poster/identity-thief-uk-quad-poster/
  2. 2. What is Identity Theft? Using someone else’s personal and/or financial information in order to take on their identity and commit crimes such as fraud
  3. 3. Identity Theft: Problem and Solutions • Identity Theft as a Social Problem • Magnitude • Negative Effects • Cause • Solution • Prevention
  4. 4. Magnitude • Technological and non-technological • Affects millions annually and costs billions of dollars • Audience survey: most of you have suffered effects of identity theft in some way
  5. 5. NEGATIVE EFFECTS • Drained bank account • Stolen tax refund • Give your name during arrest • Get treatment using your health insurance Image credit: http://www.identity-theft-scout.com/identity-theft- prevention.html
  6. 6. CAUSES • Like other theft: greed and desperation • Data breaches • Using unsecured wireless networks • Stolen wallet or laptop • Improperly disposing of personal/financial info Image credit: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/9-ways-prevent-identity-theft-online- activities/
  7. 7. What’s the Solution? Prevention! • Third parties work to prevent identity theft • Steps that individuals can take: • Monitor bank and credit statements • Shred personal/financial documents • Avoid unsecured wireless networks • Use strong, unique passwords for each website • Pay attention to phishing emails/texts • Avoid carrying important documents with you
  8. 8. TIPS • Use Paypal and 1Password • Make use of fraud monitoring by banks and/or credit companies • Buy a shredder • Continue to protect yourself and your information! Encourage others to do the same. Image credit: http://www.identitytheftpreventiontips.com/how-to-avoid- identity-theft/
  9. 9. Let’s Summarize… • Identity theft is a social problem • Affects millions and costs billions annually • Negative effects like drained bank account and tax fraud • Caused by negligence • Prevention is the solution! • Take steps to lock up your identity. • Avoid the headache of dealing with the consequences of identity theft by preventing it from happening in the first place. • Share tips with friends and family to stop identity thieves.
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