12/23/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011 Identity Thieves - Forgotten Victims Of The Financial Crisis

As recently as 2006, identity theft was still considered one of the most lucrative fields of non-violent crime for computer literate Americans to get into. But with so many Americans losing their homes and drowning in debt, stealing the right identity has become much trickier. A single social security number was once guaranteed to clear an I-thief tens of thousands in fraudulent credit. But today I-thieves find themselves spending most of their time trying to pay down their victims' foundering mortgages or meet the huge monthly minimum payments on their victims' 30% APR credit cards.

Where do they turn for a bailout?