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Identity theft

Identity theft occurs when someone takes information about you and pretends to be you for fraudulent purposes. Every year, thousands of people are victims of identity theft. Your name, date of birth, address, credit card, Social Insurance Number (SIN) and other personal identification numbers can be used to open credit card and bank accounts, redirect mail, establish cellular phone service, rent vehicles, equipment, or accommodation, and even secure employment.

If you are a victim, the consequences are serious – you can be denied a driver's licence, a student loan, cell phone service. It can take years to undo the damage.

Use the links on this page to access information and advice to help you protect your personal information, guard against identity theft and report it if it happens to you.

Identity Theft and You

Find information about identity theft, tips for guarding against it, and advice on how to report it.

10 Tips for preventing identity theft

Get some everyday tips for reducing your risk of identity theft.

Prevent identity theft online

Read tips for individuals on how to reduce the risks of identity theft when online.

Recognizing Threats to Personal Data Online

Learn about four common ways personal information gets hijacked online, and what you can do to protect it.

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