What is Identity Theft?
Identity theft is the stealing of personal information to help an individual pretend to be someone else. With the information, be it a social insurance number or driver license, the criminal can gain access to people's credit, merchandise, services and other benefits. Becoming a victim to identity theft can be both stressful and traumatic.
Ways to Avoid Identity Theft:
Plain and Simple "PROTECT YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION"
- Do not keep all your information in one place.
- Do not write down your PIN anywhere for any of your cards or web access.
- Always deal with a "secure socket layer" protected website when doing any personal business online. Protected addresses should have a https:// beginning not a http://
- Do not give out your personal information or PIN in any emails or snail mail.
- Do not give out any information at all that you use as details for security verification such as your mother's maiden name, pet, favorite food, etc.,
How To Find Out More:
PhoneBusters - visit www.phonebusters.com or toll free at 1-888-495-8501
Diebold - ATM Safety - visit www.atmconsumersafety.com
The Seniors' Resource Centre - visit www.seniorsresource.ca
More info on Identity Theft - visit http://crcvc.ca/docs/Identity_Theft.pdf