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Common Questions

I think someone stole my personal information. What can I do?
Last reviewed December 2020 by the Clicklaw Editors

Identity theft happens when someone gets your personal information without your permission. Some examples of personal information are full name, date of birth, Social Insurance Number, and credit card information.

Identity fraud happens when someone uses it for criminal purposes. Some examples of these criminal activities are using your information to apply for a credit card, making purchases using your credit card information, and cashing your cheques.

You may suspect that you are a victim of identity theft or fraud. When that happens, you can take some actions depending on your situation. 
Good starting points include:
  • Identity Theft and Identity Fraud, from the RCMP, has a list of steps to take for victims of identity theft or fraud.
  • Scams to Avoid, from People’s Law School, has a section called “If You've Been Scammed”. It tells you some steps to take to prevent further problems.
  • Identity Theft and You, from the OPC, has tips on protecting your personal information. It also explains what a victim of identity theft can do.
  • COVID-19: protecting yourself from scams and fraud, from Consumer Protection BC is an article providing information about current scams, how to recognise them, and what to do when you encounter one. 
  • COVID-19 fraud, from Canadian Anti- Fraud Centre is a resource that provides information on current COVID-19 related scams

Need more help?

  • Call VictimLink BC at 1-800-563-0808 (toll-free). They provide information and referral services to all victims of crime.
  • Call the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 (toll-free). You can report a scam or a fraud incident, or ask for more information about scams.

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Last reviewed September 2017
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