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METH AND IDENTITY THEFT

August 02, 2005
by: jovial_cynic
A while back, I wrote up a little blurb on our governor's decision to make folks sign in to purchase medicine containing pseudoephedrine (like sudafed). Yeah. Not to crazy about that. I haven't had to purchase any recently, but when I do, it'll still be on my mind.

Anyhow, in a related story, a woman in my town got busted for a break-in, and it turns out that she's been collecting identification on people -- stealing ID's, social-security cards, etc., etc. And of course, she's doing meth. I say "of course," because there's an interesting link between identify theft and methamphetamine use. I read somewhere (and I HATE not having actual sources) that a huge percentage of identity theft crimes revolve directly around meth use. Now, that's a little counter intuitive for me, since my perspective on identity is sort of marred by my computer background -- I figure that identity theft is related to computer crime. However, it looks like folks who use meth are so desperate to get money, and that identity theft is probably the easiest ways to get money, it just falls into place.
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