The impacts of identity theft on victims can be devastating, including emotional, behavioral, and financial short- and long-term effects. Despite being victims of identity theft, some argue that victims in some way contributed to the crimes committed against them. This may be due to a lack of safety precautions with their personal information or not utilizing security features on personal computers. Others argue that regardless of their vulnerability to identity theft, these victims are not responsible for their victimization.
For this assignment, think about the effects of identity theft on victims. Consider whether the victim might be in any way accountable for identify theft. Think about your current level of vulnerability to identity theft and how this might affect protective measures you are currently taking or might take in the future.
The Assignment (2 pages)
- Explain two possible short-term effects and two possible long-term effects of identity theft on victims.
- Explain the degree to which all parties involved might be held accountable when identity theft occurs.
- Explain your current level of vulnerability to identity theft.
- Describe some of the protective measures you might be currently taking, or may implement in the future, to reduce your risk of becoming a victim of identity theft.