The "I'm Not the Criminal You're Looking For" Card
This is a great idea:
Lawmakers in Iowa are proposing a special "passport" meant to protect victims of identity theft against false criminal action and credit charges.
The "Identity Theft Passport" will be a card or certificate that victims of identity fraud can show to police or creditors to help demonstrate their innocence, Tom Sands, a state representative of the Iowa House and supporter of the proposal, said in an e-mail interview Tuesday.
I wrote about something similar in Beyond Fear:
In Singapore, some names are so common that the police issue He's-not-the-guy-we're-looking-for documents exonerating innocent people with the same names as wanted criminals.
EDITED TO ADD (4/7): Of course it will be forged; all documents are forged. And yes, I've recently written that documents are hard to verify. This is a still good idea, even though it's not perfect.
Posted on April 6, 2006 at 1:13 PM • 50 Comments