Identity theft occurs when someone uses your personal information without your knowledge or consent to commit a crime, such as fraud or theft.
Identity thieves steal key pieces of personal information — either physically or in other ways, without your knowledge — and use it to impersonate you and commit crimes in your name.
In addition to names, addresses and phone numbers, thieves look for:
Identity thieves can manipulate your information and invade your personal and financial life. They can use stolen identities to conduct spending sprees, open new bank accounts, divert mail, apply for loans, credit cards and social benefits, rent apartments and even commit more serious crimes.
This section will inform you about identity theft, offer tips on how to avoid it and tell you what to do if it happens to you.