When someone steals your name, your Social Insurance Number or Social Security Number (SIN/SSN), your credit card number, or some other personally identifying information for their use without your knowledge or consent, they've stolen your identity.
Identity fraud occurs when someone obtains another individual's personal information and uses it to perform financial activities in that individual's name. This could involve, but is not limited to, accessing that individual's financial accounts, opening new credit card accounts, writing cheques, opening bank accounts or obtaining new loans.
There are steps you can take to protect your privacy and identity and minimize your risks of identity theft. Learn more from our Tips for Protecting your Personal Information.
The consequences of identity theft can be serious and frustrating. Find out what you can do to: