Identity Theft

Part of the Undergraduate Topics in Computer Science book series (UTICS)


Identity theft is the crime of pretending to be someone else. The thief goes to the trouble of obtaining someone’s identity in order to gain financially from fraud, leaving the victim to sort out the resulting mess as best they can. Identity thieves use three main methods to obtain personal information:


Personal Information Credit Card Smart Card Proxy Server Social Security Number 


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  1. annualcreditreport (2010) is
  2. Calif-gov (2005) “Your Social Security Number: Controlling the Key to Identity Theft,” online at
  3. creditexpert (2005) is
  4. creditreporting (2005) is
  5. dodgeit (2004) is
  6. equifax (2005) is
  7. homograph (2005) is the PDF document at˜gabr/papers/homograph_full.pdf.
  8. idtheftcenter (2004) is
  9. knowyourloanrate (2005) is
  10. mailinator (2004) is
  11. qspace (2005) is
  12. SaftLite (2005) is
  13. spambob (2004) is
  14. spamgourmet (2004) is
  15. ssa-stat (2005) is Scholar
  16. TransUnion (2005) is

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Computer Science Dept.California State University, NorthridgeNorthridgeUSA

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