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Common types of evidence in identity theft and inherent problems

On Behalf of | Feb 22, 2024 | Criminal Defense

Identity theft cases in Colorado often rely on various types of evidence. The specifics may vary depending on whether the case is about employment, synthetic, medical, criminal, financial or child identity theft or another type.

Regardless, these pieces of evidence can pose significant challenges due to their nature and reliability.

Common types of evidence

One common type of evidence in identity theft cases involves personal information, such as Social Security numbers, driver’s license numbers and financial account details. Perpetrators may obtain this information through phishing scams, data breaches or physical theft of documents, among other means.

Document forgery is another type of evidence. Perpetrators may forge documents such as driver’s licenses, passports or financial statements to assume the identity of their victims. These forged documents can be difficult to detect and may require forensic analysis to uncover.

Financial transactions conducted using the stolen identity are also key pieces of evidence in identity theft cases. These transactions may include unauthorized purchases, withdrawals or transfers using the victim’s financial accounts. Tracing these transactions back to the perpetrator can be challenging, especially if they have taken steps to conceal their identity.

Common challenges with evidence

The digital footprint left behind by the perpetrator can serve as evidence in identity theft cases. This may include IP addresses, login timestamps and other digital traces. However, it is easy to manipulate or falsify digital evidence, making it less reliable in some cases. Witness testimony can also be important. However, it may be subjective and open to interpretation, leading to credibility issues.

Various types of evidence can present significant challenges in identity theft cases. Prosecutors are not always able to overcome these tricky issues.

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