What is Identity Theft?
Identity theft is a widespread problem in today’s electronic world. It occurs when someone uses your personal information for illicit gain.
With key pieces of personal information, such as your name, social security number, or account numbers, thieves can commit a wide range of crimes – from gaining access to your bank or credit card account, to using your credentials on fraudulent credit, employment, immigration, and other applications. Correcting the damage is often costly and time consuming.
Access to information, entertainment, financial services, shopping, and connecting with friends is available at the click of a button. These everyday transactions make it easier than ever for villains to harvest your personal information.
As with any crime, you cannot completely protect yourself from becoming an identity theft victim, but you can minimize your risk.