Identity theft is when your personal information is stolen and used illegally, to open accounts in your name. According to the Federal Trade Commission, identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in America.
Techniques used to steal information.
Phishing and spoof. Impersonating a well-known organisation through fraudulent (phishing) emails and spoof websites. Find out more with our Phishing Guide.
Examining rubbish. Scavenging through rubbish bins to find old bank statements or other documents with personal information.
In person. Eavesdropping or spying on people during financial transactions.
Hacking. Breaking into computer databases and retrieving information.
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