CM 220 Section X
Professor Eric Miller
Tuesday, May 22nd 2012
Formal Letter to Senator–
The Honorable Barbara Boxer
112 Hart Senate Office Building
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510
Identity theft is an issue faced on a daily basis for those that are living in our wonderful state of California. For some it is common knowledge to protect your identity but for those that are not familiar with the practices of these common crooks, will cost a lifetime of savings and irreparable damage to ones credit and finances. According to the California Office of Privacy Protection, “there were more than 11 million victims of Identity Theft in the United States in 2009, and more than one million of those victims were Californians…. (Office of the Attorney General, 2009) To combat these forces that seem unstoppable I propose we consider setting aside one month a year to make these practices known on a global scale. This will allow our government to educate the people on how to protect themselves in hopes to stop this crime once and for all. Thank you for your time and consideration and always appreciative for your hard work and dedication to your job, State and our great Country. Kindest Regards,
123 ABC Lane
San Diego, Ca 92102
State of California Department of Justice (N.D.) Identity Theft. Office of the Attorney General: Retrieved from http://ag.ca.gov/idtheft/index.php
Identity Theft Awareness Month: DRAFT
CM 220 Section X
Professor Eric Miller
Tuesday, May 1st 2012
Unit 6 Project: Identity Awareness Month
March is Fraud Prevention Month in Canada and while we here in the United States are more than aware of the identity theft, emails scams and viruses that are going around, we seem to think everyone knows how to protect themselves. Canadian Newswire estimated that fraud and other scam related offenses profited upwards of $10 to $30 billion annually (Canada, N. 2012, March 14). The IRS reported 938,664 fraudulent returns related to identity theft, totaling $6.5 billion, last year alone (Zamost S. & Kayne R. 2012). Even though education projects are thought to be cumbersome and unnecessary, we should adopt Canada’s Fraud Awareness Month to equip our citizens with tools and resources that will help to protect them.
Fraud has become a widespread problem reaching just about every aspect of our personal lives. ABC News ran an article written by Susanna Kim titled “Tax Identity Theft: More People Have Refunds Stolen, IRS Reports. Kim writes a startling piece about Karen Greenwood of N.C. that became a victim of income tax fraud. Kim reveals that tax related identity theft is relatively easy to commit. All one needs is a social security number and a name (Kim, S. 2012). Kim also went on to report that nearly 25% of the 1.8 million fraud complaints to the FTC were related to tax or wage related fraud, twice the number in 2009. What can we do?
Citizens affected or not by this epidemic must be educated, enabled on a national level and given the proper resources freely to protect and if need be salvage what has been left of their credit and savings accounts. This education must be presented on all levels of news, media and internet accessible at no charge. More importantly this information and education must be put into the hands of every American Citizen. Education and materials alone are not going to end the war on fraud; the citizens must be made aware this information is available to them. For this reason alone the proposition of “Fraud Awareness Month” here in the United States makes sense. What is Fraud Awareness Month?
Fraud Awareness Month is simple, one month each year we set aside to focus on educating our citizens of the resources that are available to them. Resources...