identity theft


Definition of identity theft

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

Examples of identity theft in a Sentence

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Recent Examples on the Web Aura, a personal digital security and identity theft protection company, works to identify various scams, including those that are lottery-related. Itzel Luna, Los Angeles Times, 29 July 2022 An officer gave her an identity theft packet and instructed her to notify her bank. Joan Rusek, cleveland, 28 July 2022 The hobby may become an expensive one: Mr. Koch, 39, was arrested on July 8 and charged with using false information in voting and identity theft. New York Times, 27 July 2022 Corkren faced an additional two-year sentence and up to $250,000 fine for the aggravated identity theft charge. Trisha Powell Crain |, al, 21 July 2022 He was initially also charged with money laundering and identity theft related to the fraud charges. Andrea Marks, Rolling Stone, 18 July 2022 The database contained sensitive personal information including names, addresses, phone numbers, and even birth places that experts say could make people vulnerable to phone scams or identity theft. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, 8 July 2022 Under the agreement, the prosecutors and defense are recommending nine months to serve on the conspiracy charge, less than the 20-year maximum, and two years on the identity theft charge. Globe Staff,, 5 July 2022 On June 3, the report noted, the IRS updated its website to inform taxpayers that due to extenuating circumstances caused by the pandemic, its identity theft inventories have increased. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, 22 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of identity theft

1964, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

3 Aug 2022

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“Identity theft.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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Legal Definition of identity theft

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