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Perspectives on Identity Theft

Megan M. McNally and Graeme R. Newman, editors
Perspectives on Identity Theft
ISBN: 978-1-881798-80-4
ISBN: 978-1-881798-81-1
2008/192 pages
Crime Prevention Studies, Volume 23

A CriminalJusticePress Project

"A timely and thoughtful analysis of the development and importance of identity theft.... This is an accessible and enjoyable text, which adds depth and understanding to a complex and important issue."—Debra E. Ross, Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice

"A valuable source for learning more about the extent, the theoretical aspects, and the various forms of identity theft, and about the offenders involved in this offense.... There is [also] a review of efforts to prevent identity theft that include technological methods, ways of target hardening, increasing the risk, and advertising consequences."—David Shichor, International Criminal Justice Review


Presenting new research on the crime of identity theft, the authors of this volume focus on situational measures to protect sensitive personal information.


Megan M. McNally is coeditor of Criminal Justice Abstracts. Graeme R. Newman is Distinguished Teaching Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Albany.


  • Introduction—the Editors.
  • Identity Theft and Opportunity—G.R. Newman.
  • Preventing Identity-Related Crime: The Challenges of Identification—R.G. Smith.
  • Preventing Identity Theft Through Information Technology—S. Berg.
  • Applying Situational Crime Prevention to the Information Systems Security Context—R. Willison.
  • Combating Identity and Other Forms of Payment Fraud in the UK: An Analytical History—M. Levi.
  • The Risks, Rewards and Strategies of Identity Theft—H. Copes and L. Vieraitis.
  • Stolen Identities: A Victim Survey—H.N. Pontell, G.C. Brown, and A. Tosouni.
  • Charting the Conceptual Landscape of Identity Theft—M.M. McNally.