I am lucky that my online accounts have been spared by hackers. I am also fortunate that even when I lost my Visa Card before, nobody tried to get my funds. Even when I have no rfid blocking wallets, my bank accounts have been safe and I have not been a victim of identity fraud to date. I am praying that I will never be.
Identity Fraud. In real life, it’s about confidential information being stolen so thieves could access your bank account and credit card information. In some cases, they will also use your information to avail of several privileges you’re entitled to (i.e. getting a loan, getting a VISA, etc.). In the movies however, stolen identities would literally mean that other people would take on the identities of others and live the life of somebody else.
Among the most popular movies on the theme of Stolen Identity is Face Off. If you haven’t watched it yet, I can’t help but wonder where you have been hiding in the past 10 to 15 years. Anyway, the movie features John Travolta and Nicolas Cage. Travolta is the antagonists who steals Cage’s identity by hiring surgeons to remove their faces and actually swap. Weirdly impossible right?
Then, there’s also Catch Me If You Can. I haven’t seen the movie but I did read the novel twice. This film is about a con artist – Frank Abagnale Jr. – who has successfully conned millions of dollars when he pretended to be a doctor, an attorney, a prosecutor, and a Pan American Airways pilot. I have to remind myself to find a copy of this tonight.
There’s also Sandra Bullock’s The Net (1995) and the Talented Mr. Ripley (1999).
The latest film I’ve watched about stolen identities is Liam Neeson’s Unknown. He gets into a coma and when he wakes up three days after, he sees his wife with somebody else who has already assumed his identity. (I will make a full review of this soon)