Fighting Identity Theft Should Be A Priority, But Isn’t
Identity theft is a serious issue, one that should not be taken lightly. Identity theft has become a growing problem in the United States. It is estimated that about ten million people in the United States each year have their identity stolen, and a new report shows that fighting this issue does not seem to be a priority.
In 2005 it was estimated that there was nearly sixteen billion dollars in financial losses for people who had their identity stolen. A new report was released by the Justice Department Inspector General. This report does not give new numbers but the financial losses are expected to be much higher than they were in 2005.
In 2007 an identity theft task force was established by the president. This has not seemed to help deal with the identity theft problem. It has been five years since the task force was established yet there has been no real progress in stopping the problem. The task force has more and more to deal with every year as the amount of people who get their identity stolen goes up.
The Inspector General Glenn Fine has been quoted as saying that identity theft has not been a top priority for the FBI. Many people are wondering why this is. It is a big problem in our country and many people are affected. Dealing with identity theft costs a lot of money. This is something that should not be taken lightly.
So if it is such a big issue in our country today and seems to get worse every year, especially as technology develops, why is there not more being done? While it is obvious that there are other problems out there with national security that need immediate attention, there is still a task force specifically for tackling identity theft.
It seems that the reason that more is not being done is that those who investigate identity theft also investigate things such as insurance fraud. This means that they have a lot on their plate to deal with and look into. So the question becomes, does the government not have enough resources to deal with these issues separately? Should the government put more resources aside so that the one task force does not have to deal with all that by themselves? Maybe the government should add more people to the task force so that the agents are not spread so thin.
Even if identity theft is not a top priority for the government, it should be for you. You need to do all that you can to protect your identity. If you are careful enough you can protect your identity so you do not have to rely on the government task force that is spread too thin to deal with it for you.
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