Identity Theft Expert and Speaker on Personal Security: Illegal Immigration Possibly a Logical Catalyst of Identity Theft

(BOSTON, Mass. – Jan. 9, 2007 – Recent news reports reinforced the notion that many suspect a link between the rise in identity theft and increases in illegal immigration. The correlation was logical, according to Robert Siciliano, a widely televised and quoted personal security and identity theft expert who went on to say that stolen Social Security numbers, which help someone to establish credit, are sought-after commodities for the undocumented worker.

“So many of the security holes in this nation stem from seeming intransigence and incompetence within the government, itself responsible for the collective security of all,” said Siciliano. “But government must be the inspiration for proper security of all kinds. The much-needed template for security against those who would steal Americans’ identities to hide here must come from the public domain.”

CEO of and a member of the Bank Fraud & IT Security Report‘s editorial board, Siciliano leads Fortune 500 companies and their clients in workshops that explore consumer education solutions for security issues. An experienced identity theft speaker and author of “The Safety Minute: 01,” he has discussed data security and consumer protection on CNBC, on NBC’s “Today Show,” on FOX News, and elsewhere.

Concerning the confluence of illegal immigration and identity theft, a Jan. 4th article from the Associated Press explored strong anecdotal evidence linking the two phenomena.

Three days later the Associated Press then reported that Tim Pawlenty, Minnesota’s Republican Governor, signed executive orders…to give state agents a role in enforcing immigration law and reviewing millions of driver’s license photos for possible fraud.” A related article, which ran in the West Central Tribune, noted that an effort to stem identity theft tied to illegal immigration fueled Pawlenty’s actions. His move was expected to encounter opposition from the state legislature, according to the AP report.

“The Social Security number is the key to the kingdom,” said Siciliano. “The issue of illegal immigration touches on this significantly. While their ‘undocumented worker’ status benefits them—and those who hire them—in ways, many illegal immigrants may strive to become faux legitimate through the use of stolen Social Security numbers. Given the preponderance of data breaches these past few years that placed literally millions of Social Security numbers in harm’s way, the logical conclusion is not too hard to make.”

Readers may view YouTube video below of Siciliano on “FOX News,” explaining how the ubiquity of Social Security numbers as universal identifiers helps thieves online and off-line. Those wishing to learn how to protect themselves against identity theft, a major concern for anyone who has fallen prey to online scammers, may view video of Siciliano at VideoJug.



Identity theft affects us all. Robert Siciliano, CEO of and member of the Bank Fraud & IT Security Report‘s editorial board, makes it his mission to provide consumer education solutions on identity theft to Fortune 500 companies and their clients.

A leader of personal safety and security seminars nationwide, Siciliano has been featured on “The Today Show,” CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, “FOX News,” “The Suze Orman Show,” “The Montel Williams Show,” “Maury Povich,” “Sally Jesse Raphael,” “The Howard Stern Show,” and “Inside Edition.” The Privacy Learning Institute features him on its Website. Numerous magazines, print news outlets, and wire services have turned to him, as well, for expert commentary on personal security and identity theft. These include Forbes, USA Today, Entrepreneur, Woman’s Day, Good Housekeeping, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Times, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, United Press International, Reuters, and others.

Visit Siciliano’s Web site,; blog,; and YouTube page,

The media are encouraged to get in touch with Siciliano directly:

Robert Siciliano, Personal Security Expert
CEO of
PHONE: 888-SICILIANO (742-4542)
FAX: 877-2-FAX-NOW (232-9669)

The media may also contact:

Brent W. Skinner
President & CEO of STETrevisions
PHONE: 617-875-4859
FAX: 866-663-6557