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Identity theft

From: Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Identity (ID) theft is a serious crime. It takes place when a scammer uses your personal information—without your knowledge or consent—to commit fraud or theft. Learn how to recognize and report ID theft, fraud and scams and how to guard your personal information against these types of threats.

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Protect your personal information

Take the following precautionary measures to avoid becoming a victim of ID theft:

Protect your personal information online

The Internet makes it easy to complete transactions and stay in touch with others. But there is a flip side to being connected to the Internet—it makes it simpler for criminals to access your personal information.

Online privacy tips

Social networking privacy tips

Protect your computer and mobile devices

Recognize identity theft and fraud threats

Recognizing the signs of ID theft and fraud will help protect your personal information.

The Little Black Book of Scams has a list of Red flags: things to watch for to help you protect yourself against ID theft and other scams.

For the latest information on potential, imminent or actual cyber threats, visit the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security's Alerts & Advisories page.

Report identity theft and fraud

If you're a victim of ID theft or fraud, report it right away. Where to report will depend on where you live and the type of scam. The Reporting a scam page can help you determine who to contact to report the incident.

For additional advice on recognizing and reporting ID theft, fraud and scams, visit the Identity Theft and Identity Fraud page.

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Published by the Consumer Measures Committee, a working group of federal, provincial and territorial governments, that helps educate and inform Canadian consumers.

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