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identity theft

noun

Simple Definition of identity theft

  • : the illegal use of someone else's personal identifying information (such as a Social Security number) in order to get money or credit

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of identity theft

  1. :  the illegal use of someone else's personal information (as a Social Security number) especially in order to obtain money or credit

Examples of identity theft in a sentence

  1. How can we protect ourselves against identity theft?



1991

First Known Use of identity theft

1991


Law Dictionary

identity theft

  1. see theft




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