updatedMAR 28, 2017
What is identity theft?
Identity theft occurs when someone steals your identity to commit
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Stealing your identity could mean using personal information
without your permission, such as:
- Your name
- Social Security number
- Credit card number
Identity thieves may rent apartments, get credit cards, or start
other accounts in your name. You may not find out about the theft
until you review your credit report or a credit card statement and
notice accounts you didn’t open, charges you didn’t make, or until
you’re contacted by a debt collector.
Learn how you can spot identity theft and visit IdentityTheft.gov , the federal government’s one-stop resource to help you report
and recover from identity theft.
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