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With today’s proliferation of technology, stealing

innocent people’s identities in order to commit fraud has become a very

lucrative business.

The Criminal Code

was amended in 2010

to make identity fraud

and identity theft

criminal offences.

Cloaked in your stolen identity, a fraudster

can cash your cheques, raid your bank

accounts, bilk your credit card company and

even load a big mortgage on your house.

The term identity theft can be used for

everything from cheque forgery and the use

of stolen credit cards to sophisticated scams

in which an impostor adopts other people’s

identity to gain access to their assets.

Identity thieves have many ways to get their

hands on your personal information. Some

simply steal old bills or preprinted credit

card offers discarded in waste or recycling

bins. Others exploit information lost or

stolen from databases operated by retailers or

other private-sector organizations and even

government bodies.

You can, however, help protect yourself from

unscrupulous criminals. One important

way is to limit the amount of information

you give out about yourself. This brochure

describes some of the key steps you can take

to safeguard your identity and better protect

yourself from swindlers.

Incorporating these tips into your life doesn’t

take long, but will lessen the chances that

your personal information winds up in the

wrong hands.

IDENTITY

THEFT