Victims of Identity Theft

The Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office’s Special Prosecutions Unit (SPU) is comprised of prosecutors and investigators trained and experienced in the investigation and prosecution of economic crime, organized crime, computer crime, and public corruption.  The SPU investigates and prosecutes crimes that include identity theft, internal embezzlement, organized fraud operations, computer crime, and online child exploitation.  Members of the SPU educate law enforcement, and the community-at-large, about topics including computer crime, Internet safety, and economic crime.  The members of the SPU also recommend changes in legislation pertaining to economic crime and computer crime, as well as initiatives designed to assist victims of these types of crime.

Identity theft

Identity theft is a growing problem in Massachusetts and across the country.  DA Conley is committed to the fight against the perpetrators of these crimes.  Each year millions of U.S. citizens fall victim to the perpetrators of identity theft and their schemes, costing those citizens and financial institutions hundreds of millions of dollars.  In November of 2007, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released the results of their second national survey conducted on identity theft.  Their figures indicate that in 2005 alone, 8.3 million Americans were victims of some form of identity theft as defined by federal law. The median value of goods and services obtained by identity thieves for all categories of ID theft was $500. Ten percent of victims reported that the thief obtained $6,000 or more, while five percent reported that the thief obtained $13,000 or more of goods and services.  The FTC estimates in their 2006 survey that the total monetary loss from these crimes approached $16 billion.

View a copy of the complete Federal Trade Commission report.

Please click on one of the links below to access the Suffolk DA’s Office Identity Theft tips and resources:

For other information on the prevention, detection, or response to identity theft, identity theft statistics, or to learn more about the latest scams, view these websites: