Until very recently, it was relatively easy to abandon your true identity and become someone else. Moreover, even “stealing” someone else’s identity rarely resulted in harm to the victim of the theft because nothing was connected. With the advent of the internet and the computer age, however, that all began to change. Today, it is exponentially harder to protect against identity theft now that all our vital information can be accessed by the click of a button. In an effort to discourage would-be criminals, both the federal and state governments are continually increasing the penalties for computer-related crimes, including identity
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