In the 1990's, a new manner of criminal enterprise emerged. The method of
this new breed is to come into possession of fundamental identifying
information about others through a variety of methods. Once they possess the
information they are capable of using it to steal and commit fraud in the
name of the identity they have stolen.
According to the US Federal Trade Commission, over 86,000 people in the
United States reported being victims of Identity Theft in 2001. Over forty
percent of those complainants were victims of credit card fraud and the vast
majority, seventy-six percent, was under 50 years of age. Per capita,
Florida ranked 8th in the nation's top ten Identity theft locations.