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

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Tips, Tricks and Tools

Infographic: 10 Tips for preventing identity theft

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