Identity thieves steal key pieces of personal information and use it to impersonate you and commit crimes in your name. In addition to names, addresses and phone numbers, thieves look for social insurance numbers, driver's licence numbers, credit card and banking information, bank cards, calling cards, birth certificates and passports.
Once they steal the information, identity thieves can manipulate it 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 and, once arrested, they use their new identity.
Know your rights as a consumer and protect your private information. Visit the website below to see how you can prevent identitiy fraud and what to do when it happens.
Source: Consumer Measure Committee
Added on June 29, 2005