Though you may not know it, there are several types of identity theft. From the well-known (though still illegal) license identity theft to the difficult-to-track medical identity theft, crimes such as these come with many consequences. Read on for more information about the most common types of identity theft and the different penalties that come with them.
Driver’s License Identity Theft
Driver’s license identity theft is probably one of the most common types of identity theft, as it’s the easiest way to commit identity theft. People steal wallets, and then, they sell the licenses to someone who looks like the victim. For many people, this type of identity theft tends to lead to other criminal identity theft.
Social Security Identity Theft
Social security identity theft is exactly as it sounds. A person’s social security number is one of the most valuable pieces of personal information someone can steal. Most often, people who steal SSN’s use them to avoid paying any taxes.
Financial Identity Theft
When you first hear the words identity theft, you probably think of stolen credit reports and drained bank accounts. That’s considered financial identity theft, and it happens regularly. The commonality of this type of identity theft does not mean consequences are lessened; they’re still quite severe.
Child Identity Theft
Most adults know to check their own credit reports, but kids don’t. This often leads criminals to use a child’s Social Security number and other important information to open accounts—from credit cards to taking out loans. Most children will not notice this until it’s time for them to apply for school or take out their own loans.
Medical Identity Theft
The most dangerous form of identity theft, the World Privacy Forum says that “this is the information crime that can kill you.” There are major consequences for this sort of identity theft, and it’s one of the hardest to fix. Despite this, medical identity theft is the least researched and documented identity crime. Nonetheless, it’s still a very serious crime, as medical identity theft frequently results in fake entries put into the true person’s medical records.
Consequences of Identity Theft
Like we discussed, identity theft is a serious crime. More often than not, identity theft results in felony charges. When the victims’ losses total $10,000 or more within a 180-day period, or if the person charged has 10 or more pieces of personal identification from ten or more individuals, then these charges will result in a Class B felony.
Felony identity theft charges can easily exceed $5,000, but these can increase or decrease depending on the crime’s severity.
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If you’re charged with committing identity theft, reach out to Jared Justice—a West Linn criminal defense attorney. His expertise can help you with your case.