Examples of identity theft in a Sentence
How can we protect ourselves against identity theft?
Recent Examples of identity theft from the Web
The top categories were debt collection, impostor scams, identity theft, phone and mobile, and banks and lenders, according to the latest FTC Data Book, Georgia and Nevada rounded out the top three states reporting fraud per 100,000 in population.
Other topics during the course include crime prevention, identity theft, scams, fraud, domestic violence, patrol and traffic violations.
This resource is available to victims of identity theft, victims of domestic violence and those who do not want their record to be available.
Those tasks included unlocking cell phone evidence in homicides, tracking down credit/debit card skimmers, and unmasking criminals behind identity theft cases.
Cole was arrested on suspicion of coercion, identity theft and three misdemeanor charges in the Sunday incident, records show.
Some are also charged with wire fraud and identity theft.
The identity theft detailed in the indictment is tougher than the problems these companies have so far tried to solve.
In addition, three of the defendants have been charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud, and five are charged with aggravated identity theft.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'identity theft.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
First Known Use of identity theft
Financial Definition of IDENTITY THEFT
What It Is
Identity theft is the crime of using another person's personal information, credit history or other identifying characteristics in order to make purchases or borrow money without that person's permission.
How It Works
Let's say John Doe is at work and happens to see some paperwork on a co-worker's desk. The paperwork is a stack of applications for credit from customers. The applications list each person's name, birth date, social security number and bank information. John Doe photocopies an application for Jane Smith. He then uses Jane's information to apply for a credit card in her name, which he then uses to buy a motorcycle and a beer stein collection.
Jane is a responsible adult and therefore checks her credit every four months (once a year for each of the three credit bureaus). She notices the "new" credit card and the massive balance for the motorcycle and beer-stein spree. She calls the credit card company to dispute the charges and files a police report. In the meantime, she is unable to qualify for a mortgage because lenders feel she is carrying too much debt (thanks to the thief), and collection agencies are calling her for credit card payments.
Why It Matters
Identity theft often involves stealing electronic data. It is very time-consuming for victims to battle and takes a long time to recover from. Often, the perpetrators are never caught, and the victims' credit scores suffer tremendously. Accordingly, smart consumers check their credit often in order to detect identity theft before it gets out of hand (or statutes of limitation occur), they avoid giving data out unnecessarily, and they are alert to changes in normal financial routines, such as bills that no longer arrive, mysterious bank charges, or communications from the IRS that more than one tax return was filed in your name.
IDENTITY THEFT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of identity theft for English Language Learners
: the illegal use of someone else's personal identifying information (such as a Social Security number) in order to get money or credit
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up identity theft? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).