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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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We hope to see all telco operators in the country enforcing stringent measures to protect the privacy interests of their subscribers not just against mobile identity thieves but against all sorts of mobile fraudsters,' he said.
The FTC event will look at the full life cycle of identity theft, addressing how identity thieves acquire consumers information and what information they seek most often, as well as the cost and ease with which consumers data can be acquired.
A "worrying" increase in identity thieves attempting to commit fraud within mortgage applications has been uncovered by a credit checking company.
com)-- In the wake of the recent Target data breach, in which identity thieves gained access to the personal information of at least 70 million customers (according to Target's own reporting), the company announced it would offer free credit monitoring for a year.
Young people's Social Security numbers are prized by identity thieves, so the district stopped asking for them in 2006.
Identity theft is not a victimless crime and identity thieves are often linked to organised criminal networks.
Almost a million Britons have had their credit rating damaged by identity thieves, who use names, addresses and details to get fraudulent loans and credit cards.
Identity thieves use many techniques to dupe potential victims, including conducting fraudulent auction sales, reshipping merchandise purchased with stolen credit cards, and selling fraudulent or stolen gift cards through auction sites at discounted prices.
Identity thieves use this information for a variety of reasons, from obtaining a credit card to even renting an apartment in your name.
Identity thieves have scoured newspaper obituaries for years to get mortgage and apartment lease information or the credit data of a recently deceased person.
From e-mail scams and fake websites, to storage devices that can steal your card number when you pay at the store, identity thieves can access your information almost anytime and anywhere.
The online identity theft prevention kit; stop scammers, hackers, and identity thieves from ruining your life.