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How can I protect myself against identity theft?

Identity theft is when someone uses your personal information for their own use. Examples of personal information are name, credit card number, and Social Insurance Number. Among others, the identity thief may use your information to:

  • apply for a credit card,
  • buy goods or services,
  • get into your bank account, or
  • get loans under your name

Learning about how identity theft happens help protect yourself against it. Learning how to protect your personal information also helps.

Good starting points include:

  • Scams to Avoid, from People's Law School, includes a section on identity theft. It explains what identity theft is, how it could happen, what the warning signs are, and how to prevent it from happening to you.
  • Identity Theft and Identity Fraud, from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, provides information about identity theft and fraud, the types of personal information that identity thieves are looking for, and how to prevent it.
  • Identity Theft and You, from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, is a booklet that provides tips on how to protect your identity. It also outlines what you can do if you are a victim of identity theft.

Need more help?

  • Call VictimLink BC at 1 800 563-0808 (toll-free). They provide information and referral services to all victims of crime, including identity theft and fraud victims.
  • Call the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre to report a scam or a fraud incident, or if you need more information about it.

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Last reviewed July 2017
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