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VICTIMS OF CYBER-CRIMES AND IDENTITY THEFT

MOVIE ABOUT IDENTITY THEFT TRIES TO MAKE THIS TYPE OF VICTIMIZATION A LAUGHING MATTER

Provides a counterpoint to the emphasis on frustration on p. 144 of Ch. 5

Who says victimology is always depressing? This movie struggles to inject a little humor into a story about a victim who tracks down the woman who stole his identity – but the critics generally give it a thumbs down. Read the movie review here, and watch the trailer here. 

VICTIMS OF IDENTITY THEFT OFTEN HAVE DONE “NOTHING WRONG”

Furthers the arguments of victim-defending that those whose identities are stolen usually are not to blame; see p. 144 of Ch. 5

This article points out different ways that innocent victims have suffered when impostors steal their federal tax refunds, through no fault of their own – such as sending in a  1040 tax return the old fashioned way – on paper as opposed to filing electronically. Read about 10 ways of losing tax refunds to impersonators based on real-life cases here.

“AMERICA’S MAYOR” PLUGS AN IDENTITY THEFT PREVENTION SERVICE

Dramatizes how businesses might exploit fears to sell products and services, as discussed in Ch. 2.

A well known politician who tried to win the Republican nomination for president in 2008 appears on late night television ads promoting a protection service with a questionable track record, as described here.

VICTIMS OF IDENTITY THEFT LOSE THEIR TAX REFUNDS

Another example of victim-defending: that those whose identities are stolen usually are not to blame for their misfortunes; see p. 144 of Ch. 5

A growing number of people who file for their federal income tax refunds from the Internal Revenue Service discover that an identity thief has already cashed their check. Read about this fraud directed at people who are owed money by the IRS, and then listen to the radio interview here

Seal of the United States Internal Revenue Ser...

Seal of the United States Internal Revenue Service. The design is the same as the Treasury seal with an IRS inscription. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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A WOMAN COMPLAINS ABOUT THREATENING EMAILS AND ENDS UP UNSEATING THE HEAD OF THE CIA 

Illustrates a case of perceived cyberstalking discussed on p. 333 of Ch. 11

The complaint of a victim of what is interpreted as cyber-harassment  leads to an investigation by the FBI. The emails are traced back to the biographer of a general known for his counter-insurgency strategies in Iraq and Afghanistan, who was appointed by President Obama to head up the CIA. Apparently, the biographer of the CIA director was having an affair with him and was jealous of the other woman’s interest in him. The CIA director resigned because of the scandal. Read about the intrigue here.  But should a charge of cyberstalking trigger a federal investigation?

English: General David Petraeus in testimonyCentral Intelligence Agency Seal

 
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