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Identity fraud is a synonym of unlawful identity change. It indicates unlawful activities that use the identity of another person or of a non-existing person as a target or principal tool.

Identity fraud can occur without identity theft, as in the case where the fraudster has been given someone's identity information for other reasons but uses it to commit fraud, or when the person whose identity is being used is colluding with the person committing the fraud [1].

False identities are used for instance by organized crime to access goods and services or to do money laundering. False identity also represent a key element of financial fraud (United Kingdom 2002).

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  1. ^ Identity Fraud, definition, by Susan Sproule and Norm Archer, the project Measuring Identity Theft in Canada

Identity fraud is a synonym of unlawful identity change. It indicates unlawful activities that use the identity of another person or of a non-existing person as a target or principal tool.

Identity fraud can occur without identity theft, as in the case where the fraudster has been given someone's identity information for other reasons but uses it to commit fraud, or when the person whose identity is being used is colluding with the person committing the fraud.[1] [2] False identities are used for instance by organized crime to access goods and services or to do money laundering. False identity also represent a key element of financial fraud.

References

  1. ^ Identity Fraud, definition, by Susan Sproule and Norm Archer
  2. ^ United Kingdom, Cabinet Office (2002), User Identity Fraud: A Study (published July 2002), http://www.ips.gov.uk/identity/downloads/id-fraud-report.pdf 
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