Identity Fraud vs Identity Theft

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Re:No sympathy for trust breakers (Score:5, Interesting)

by erroneus (253617) on Friday April 10, @06:32PM (#27537139)

Are you sure you understand what Wikileaks is all about? It is precisely about getting information that has been concealed from the public out so that knowledge of the truth of the world can be available. Most people live in a pretty strange dream world where there are “good guys” and “bad guys” and some really strange notions that are used to divide the world into factions that intend to kill one another.

As to your allegations of making information available for “identity theft” you are out of your head. There is a bigger problem. No one can steal an identity. What people can do is make others think that they are someone else. That is not “theft.” That is fraud. The people being stolen from through the use of fraudulent means are the people who most depend on a system of identification that puts numeric tags on everyone for the purposes of tracking and controlling them. And when someone pretends to be someone else in order to fool someone else into giving them money, goods or services, in what bizarro world is it the “fault” of the person whose identity was forged or mimicked? “Identity theft” is the name given to fraudulent activity to make it seem as though the “victim” is the person whose identity was copied when the actual victims are those who were fooled by the fraudster. All of this is facilitated by these numeric tags and data records that are assigned to people. This system was created to make it easier to track and trust individuals for business purposes and somehow, the burden and the risk of managing such a system whose primary designers and beneficiaries are government and big money institutions has been placed on the shoulders of the individuals.

You might think your identity lies in the numbers and data records assigned to you. If you do, then you have bought into their game hook line and sinker. I don’t. Stay out of debt and you will stay off of their system. People can attempt to “steal my identity” all they want, but since I stay out of debt, there is no way I can be harmed. (Yes, I know that increasingly employers and governments are using credit scores to determine if someone can be trusted… what a big dumb idea that is!)

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