Examples of identity theft in a Sentence
How can we protect ourselves against identity theft?
Recent Examples of identity theft from the Web
The card was apparently obtained through identity theft.
Kendell Rashad Bowden, 26, pleaded guilty in March to conspiracy to commit bank fraud and aggravated identity theft.
Jill and Darin Applebury of Anchorage, both 52, have been named in a 39-count indictment with charges including bank and wire fraud and aggravated identity theft, according to the U.S. attorney's office in Alaska.
My advice: Don't focus on the credit monitoring or dark web scans or identity theft insurance right now.
Equifax is scrambling to contain the fallout from the disclosure that a massive data breach compromised the sensitive personal data of as many as 143 million consumers, leaving them at risk of identity theft.
Those who want to sign up for Equifax's free credit file monitoring and identity theft protection will not be required to give the company their credit card information.
An officer was dispatched to the West U PD Lobby to meet a victim of identity theft that had already occurred.
The cards are getting a makeover to fight identity theft.
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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
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