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Identity Theft and Digital Crime

Describe how identify theft can be the cause of digital crime and explain the theory in your own words as it relates to crime in general.

Describe why identify theft could be recognized as the most relevant in terms of being a cause of digital crime.

Provide at least two (2) examples of non-digital crimes that could be considered caused by this same theory.

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Identity theft can be the cause of digital crime. Identity theft is stealing someone's identity in which an individual pretends to be someone else by assuming that person's identity. The purpose is to commit a crime. When a person uses some other person's identifying information, the person commits identity theft.

Digital crime occurs when the crime involves a computer and a network. The computer may have been used in the commission of a crime or may be the target. Usually, telecommunications networks such as internet are used to harm the reputation of the victim or cause physical or mental harm to the victim (Taylor. E, & Fritsch.E, 2010).
Identity theft can be used to open new credit card accounts, phone or a wireless account may be opened and charges may be run up on the existing account, the computer may be used to order counterfeit checks, to open bank accounts, clone ATM/debit cards to drain accounts, take out loans in the victim's name, use social security number to get government benefits, or use medical services using the name of the victim.

The relevant theory of crime is the social control theory. According to this theory the process of socialization and social learning builds self control and reduces the inclination to indulge in behavior that is antisocial. If the values, norms, commitments, and relationships ...

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Social control theory in digital crime is discussed step-by-step in this solution. The response also has the sources used.