In this context, it is significant to analyze the intensity of identity theft by family members as a security issue and an ethical concern in modern family environment. There are some possible precautions that people can take to avoid identity theft and subsequent fraudulent activities. Identity theft by a family member involves higher degree of complexity Reaching a final resolution in the case of an identity theft by a family member is much time- consuming and hence expensive as compared to a common case of identity theft. As mentioned in the introduction, the initial thought of the victim would be if the incident has to be reported to the officials or not. Since the fraud is a family member, victims normally do not want them face jail time other than initiating a reasonable level of forfeiture to compensate the loss. However, this is not always easy as it requires the cooperation of the criminal itself along with the assistance of all creditors involved in order to gather all the pertinent information. How intense or painless the resolution process is depends on the criminal’s response once he is caught. Reports suggest that victims suffer and ignore the crime so as to save the family member involved unless the loss causes heavy damage. In contrast, there are situations when victims are forced to file police report, and thing is that the case would go on seriously despite the matter that the criminal is a family member or a close relative of the victim. The story of Ana Ramirez is a clear example of how extremely an issue of this sort can affect a person’s life. As reported by Smith (2012) in Huffington Post dated 1st November, Ramirez who had been living in Southern California with her husband and...
The above discussed points, statistics, and legal and ethical issues indicate that ‘identity theft by a family member’ as a crime is also pacing with technological development. Admittedly, this is an area where legal intervention is not easily possible as the victim and criminal belong to same family and victims are often reluctant to proceed with legal actions against the other. Although various governmental systems including Credit Reporting Agencies, The United States Department of Justice, Federal Trade Commission, the Internal Revenue Service, and many other local and federal level nongovernmental organizations work relentlessly, defining a specific preventive method especially for the abuse of child identity is not made possible yet.
This paper makes a conclusion that identity theft by a family member is family betrayal and a heinous crime that has far reaching negative impact on the victim, family, and the very person involved. Statistics provided by FTC show that the crime is a unique form of identity theft that requires immediate and effective legal intervention which is now possible only through collaborative efforts of various agencies and legal amendments at the Federal and state levels. In spite of the legal limitations, every individual can take up certain steps to protect their identity from ‘personal identity thieves’. Among the victims of identity thefts, children constitute the most vulnerable group and hence they require ample legal protection. Unfortunately, the current law enforcement systems have not yet achieved this objective effectively.