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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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