'But I've never sent them any personal details apart from my driver's licence number...': Exploring seniors' attitudes towards identity crime

Cross, Cassandra (2015) 'But I've never sent them any personal details apart from my driver's licence number...': Exploring seniors' attitudes towards identity crime. Security Journal. (In Press)

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Abstract

Identity crime is argued to be one of the most significant crime problems of today. This paper examines identity crime, through the attitudes and practices of a group of seniors in Queensland, Australia. It examines their own actions towards the protection of their personal data in response to a fraudulent email request. Applying the concept of a prudential citizen (as one who is responsible for self-regulating their behaviour to maintain the integrity of one’s identity) it will be argued that seniors often expose identity information through their actions. However, this is demonstrated to be the result of flawed assumptions and misguided beliefs over the perceived risk and likelihood of identity crime, rather than a deliberate act. This paper concludes that to protect seniors from identity crime, greater awareness of appropriate risk-management strategies towards disclosure of their personal details is required to reduce their inadvertent exposure to identity crime.

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ID Code: 89299
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: identity crime, seniors, victimisation, risk, prudential citizen
DOI: 10.1057/sj.2015.23
ISSN: 0955-1662
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200) > Causes and Prevention of Crime (160201)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Crime & Justice Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Justice
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Palgrave Macmillan Journals
Deposited On: 21 Oct 2015 00:10
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2015 06:09

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