What is Identity theft?

Identity theft occurs when a fraudster obtains your personal information such as name, address and social insurance number and uses it for illegal purposes. This could include applying for bank accounts or even loans in your name. This information can be collected through a fraudulent telephone call or email requesting this information or by collecting it from unprotected documents.

In order to protect yourself from identity theft it is important to protect your personal information. It is good practice not to provide these details through email or telephone. Keep confidential information protected in your home and shred all documents you plan to throw away.