Examples of identity theft in a Sentence
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Recent Examples of identity theft from the Web
Radoslaw Wawrzyniak, 49, of the 500 block of Caldwell Drive, Round Lake, was charged June 19 with theft and identity theft.
Officials were urging people who have had contact with the Division of Public Assistance in the northern region to call (888) 484-9355 to see if personal information had been compromised, and to take steps to protect themselves from identity theft.
Police initially booked Aubrey on suspicion of auto theft and identity theft as well as a parole violation.
She was sentenced to four years in state prison after pleading guilty to eight counts of false imprisonment, four counts of first-degree burglary, two counts of grand theft and one count of identity theft.
Officials expect to charge the undocumented workers with identity theft and tax evasion.
Of the 313 employees whose records were examined, 123 were found suspicious and targeted for arrest and criminal charges of identity theft and, in nearly all cases, tax evasion.
To learn more protecting yourself from identity theft and Medicare fraud, go to medicare.gov/fraud.
But name, address, Social Security number, date of birth, and driver's license numbers are enough on their own to do significant damage through identity theft.
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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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