identity theft

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identity theft

n.
The act of obtaining and fraudulently using passwords, account numbers, or other personal or company information, typically for financial gain.

identity theft

n
(Law) the crime of setting up and using bank accounts and credit facilities fraudulently in another person's name without his or her knowledge

iden′tity theft`


n.
the fraudulent appropriation and use of another person's identifying data or documents, as a credit card.
[1995–2000]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.identity theft - the co-option of another person's personal information (e.g., name, Social Security number, credit card number, passport) without that person's knowledge and the fraudulent use of such knowledge
fraud - intentional deception resulting in injury to another person
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Online identity thefts may also be reported to the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).
In spite of media hype, most identity thefts are not online cybercrimes but are usually committed offline by persons known to the victim.
Indeed, the recent spate of identity thefts in America from seemingly secure firms indicates that information protection is difficult at best.