Examples of identity theft in a Sentence
How can we protect ourselves against identity theft?
Recent Examples of identity theft from the Web
Darian Neal, 32, of the 7100 block of West Douglas Blvd., was arrested on an identity theft charge.
Here's an example of how the gang worked: In 2015, one crew rented a Buick Enclave in Nashville, Tenn., in the name of an identity theft victim whose car had been broken into.
Cleary, 49, faces 28 charges including wire fraud, mail fraud, Social Security fraud, aggravated identity theft, and false statements to government agents.
The Government Accountability Office counts at least 16 federal enforcement actions taken against providers of identity theft protection — financial institutions among them — for various infractions, according to a March report.
Peter Eodice, 34, of Webster, New York, is charged with conspiracy to commit health care fraud, wire fraud, mail fraud, health care fraud and aggravated identity theft, the Department of Justice announced today.
Police filed an identity theft report Oct. 10 the 2800 block of Broadway Street.
Police provided her with information on identity theft protection.
Brown and other consumer advocates had protested the provision could prevent identity theft victims from suing the company.
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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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