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The short answer is that identity theft is a crime. Identity theft and identity fraud are terms used to refer to all types of crimes in which someone wrongfully obtains and uses another person’s personal data in some way that involves fraud or deception, typically for economic gain. To learn more, visit our Identity Theft page.
Many people do not realize how easily criminals can obtain our personal data without having to break into our homes. To learn more, visit our Common Identity Theft/Fraud Methods and Trends page.
There are a number of measures you can take to protect yourself from identity theft.