Identity Theft Information

Identity theft is a form of stealing someone’s identity in which someone pretends to be someone else by assuming that person’s identity, typically in order to access resources or obtain credit and other benefits in that person’s name. The victim of identity theft (here meaning the person whose identity has been assumed by the identity thief) can suffer adverse consequences if they are held accountable for the perpetrator’s actions. Identity theft occurs when someone uses another’s personally identifying information, like their name, identifying number, or credit card number, without their permission, to commit fraud or other crimes.

 

Suspect identity theft if you see: ~ Unexplained charges on bills ~ Bills or important mail that don’t arrive as expected ~ Letters from your bank, credit card company, a merchant, or some other organization (such as LinkedIn) alerting you to a data breach.