Identity Theft who is hurt
Who is hurt when identity theft occurs? Few believe that the victims them self are the only ones hurt when identity theft occurs, however, contrary to their thinking, everyone is hurt when identity theft occurs. Rich people may not feel the dents in their wallets when identity theft occurs and continues, but as the year’s progress, they will look back and see how they too became victims of identity theft, although their identity was never stolen.
Thus, when identity theft occurs over time every one is the victim of the crime. To pay for the expenses incurred by identity theft we must pay higher prices for gas, food, household goods, utilities, and the list goes on. Each year millions of people are victimized by identity theft, yet the statistics never add the victims outside of the victim’s criminal attack.
Technology is working harder everyday along with others, including financial departments, creditors, law, government and so forth to fight identity theft. However, the harder these sources work the criminal is already readying himself for the crime he is about to commit. Make no mistake, since criminals work overtime to get what they are out to take.
Some thieves steal simply for the thrill of the act. Other thieves steal to gain something from the criminal action. Still, other criminals steal identities while planning to commit a serious crime, using the information to cover his or her tracks. Think of a child filled with curiosity, and how the child refuses to let go of the emotion that is triggering him to do something he is unsure if he will regret later. Per se, the child wants something and it is out of his reach, except on the shelves at the store he visits frequently. The child will linger in his mind how he will get hold of the object he wants, until finally his impulses take over and he grabs the object, runs from the store and later realizes that he committed a crime.
This is a hypothetic case scenario, but real criminals think in similar patterns, however many have goals in mind behind the object, they are seeking to obtain. Thus, we have motive, planning, goals, thinking, strategy, skill, study time, education, learned behaviors, habit and other elements that come along with the criminal minds, especially the minds of thieves and murderers.
The criminal first considers all the possibilities, including how he or she can get away with the perfect crime. Thus, you can see that some criminals act out on crimes, simply because they want to do what no one has done before, and that is…commit the perfect crime. Challenge can be seen from this illustration. Therefore add challenge to the list above and continue...and what do you have…someone capable of stealing your identity and possibly never being caught.
I studied criminals for decades, mostly serial killers; however, I have lived around, monitor, explored and reported thieves throughout my lifetime. Unfortunately, I have been a victim of identity theft twice, and other thievery crimes. Therefore, my goal is to reach an audience similar to the child listed in the article, filled with curiosity wondering how they can prevent and fight identity theft.
If you are a victim of identity theft, never give up hope since there is hope somewhere at the end of the tunnel. Continue battling, regardless of the level of effort you must put into the battle. If you are not a victim of identity theft, thus protect your personal information with everything you have, and never give your information out over phone lines or the Internet. Make sure that you keep track of your every move throughout your life, since you never know when you will fall victim of identity theft.
As you can see, identity theft is one, if not thee most hateful crime ever committed, since the victim of the crime often feels hopeless and has to act like a Paranoid Schizophrenia to survive. The victim is persecuted by the thief and the everyone else around him, including creditors, law enforcement, courts and so forth. Finally, you ask, who is hurt when identity theft occurs…YOU and EVERYONE else in the world!