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What is Identity Theft?

Identity theft occurs when someone obtains personal information such as your name, address, date of birth or other personal identifiers such as a Social Insurance Number, driver’s license number, credit or charge card number, telephone number or other account number without your consent. Identity thieves are able to use this information to open credit accounts, bank accounts, telephone service accounts, and make major purchases—all in your name. This information can also be used to take over existing accounts or to open new accounts. Identity theft can result in damage to your credit rating and denials of credit and job offers.

How do thieves steal your identity?

There are many ways through which criminals can get access to your personal information. The following are some examples:

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