Identity Theft and Fraud
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.
Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes and it can affect anyone, including you. Protect your personal information from being at risk. At the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, we encourage you to explore this site for helpful tips and ideas.
In the tabs below, you will find key and useful information and resources that we have to offer on Identity Theft and Fraud.
What motivates us to reveal or conceal details of our personal lives, and how we protect the private lives of others around us. Insights on Privacy – Christena Nippert-Eng and Alessandro Acquisti
Tips, Tricks and Tools
Identity Theft Checklist
- Check your wallet
- Protect your mailbox
- Destroy or secure personal papers
- Computer caution
- Beware of PIN and password poachers
- Keep your SIN secret
- Be careful with credit cards
- Be wary on the phone
- Verify credit reports
- Be vigilant
- Deaf Perspectives on Identity Theft and Privacy project
- Awareness Workshop on Identity Theft and Seniors — Prevention is Better Than Cure
- Meeting of Two Worlds: the Legal and Information Technology (IT) Universes
- Trying to Get the Message Out: Identity Theft Awareness
- Identity, Privacy and the Need of Others to Know Who You Are
- PIPEDA and Identify Theft: Solutions for Protecting Canadians
- ’Tis the season to protect your privacy, caution Canadian privacy commissioners
- It’s tax season… make sure you take extra precautions with your mail
- Do you resolve to protect your privacy in 2008?
- Protect your identity while holiday shopping, Commissioner says
- Privacy Guardians Join Forces Against Fraud
- In response to a case of a teen who was a victim of online impersonation, Facebook agrees to help non-users, on a case-by-case basis, reinstate their on-line reputation
- Thieves target important papers mailed by Canadians
- Impersonation, privacy settings and social networking sites
- Bank improves safeguards after individual’s personal information used fraudulently to open credit card account
- Bank not responsible after new account was opened using stolen identity