Identity theft occurs when someone takes information about you and pretends to be you for fraudulent purposes. Every year, thousands of people are victims of identity theft. Your name, date of birth, address, credit card, Social Insurance Number (SIN) and other personal identification numbers can be used to open credit card and bank accounts, redirect mail, establish cellular phone service, rent vehicles, equipment, or accommodation, and even secure employment.
If you are a victim, the consequences are serious - you can be denied a driver's licence, a student loan, cell phone service. It can take years to undo the damage.