Hail to the Thief: Linguistic Agency Increases the Power of Consumer Education Materials about Identity TheftAuthor(s): Matthew S. McGlone, Joseph McGlynn, III, Maxim V Baryshevstev, Kathleen G Blackburn, Max Aaron Wartel, Alexandra Abbott
Published on Aug 8, 2016
Dramatic increases in the incidence and severity of identity theft have prompted many observers to characterize the problem as an “epidemic.” Combating the threat will require a multimodal intervention of new technologies, innovative business practices, a strengthened legislative framework, more engagement from law enforcement, and expanded victim assistance. It will also require comprehensive consumer education about the nature of the crime and measures people can take to reduce their vulnerability to it. In this respect, intervention efforts might benefit from the lessons learned in education campaigns about actual epidemiological threats such as influenza or HIV/AIDS.