identity theft


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identity theft

when someone wrongfully obtains and uses another person’s personal data such as a social security number to obtain money or credit

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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