Common Questions

How can I protect myself against identity theft?

Identity theft is when someone uses your personal information, such as name, credit card number, and/or social insurance number, for their own use. For example, they 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.

To protect yourself against identity theft, you can learn about the ways identity theft happens and how to better protect your personal information.

Good starting points include:

  • Scams and Frauds, from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, includes a fact sheet on identity theft. It provides a brief overview of what it is, how to report it if it happens to you, 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.

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Last reviewed January 2015

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