Monday, November 14, 2005

Identity Theft: Overhyped

Like pogo sticks, hula hoops and Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, identity theft has made its way into pop culture terminology as a fact of everyday life. Well, you can come out from under the covers and order that Hummel figurine on eBay without fear. It turns out phony identities fraud (common) has been lumped in with identity theft fraud (uncommon) to create a catch-all scare word, and the resulting confusion has Congress going buggy.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Stephanie said...

I totally thought you would have chosen Kanye West for your example of overhypped rapper.

3:01 PM  
Blogger charvakan said...

Yeah, you're right on here. When people talk about "identity theft", they mean someone's charging stuff on your card, or getting your bank to give them your money, or something like that. My attitude is, if some moron sells something or gives something to someone he doesn't know without verifying that he's who he says he is, that's his problem, not mine. I don't pay for stuff I haven't bought, simple as that. The few times that charges have shown up on my card that I didn't incur, I informed MasterCard or Visa and they took them off. If they hadn't, I'd have cancelled the card and not paid for the stuff anyway.

4:52 PM  

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