Did you know?
What percentage of Canadians say they’ve been the victim of identity theft?
Imagine this: Someone has taken your name, your credit card information, and your social insurance number, and they're pretending to be you. They’re running up steep bills, even committing crimes. And as far as your bank and the authorities are concerned, they are you. This is identity theft. It’s one of the fastest growing crimes in Canada, and it can happen to anyone. Here's how to recognize and guard against it.
What you should know
How to recognize identity theft
How identity thieves get the information
Warning signs to watch for
How to contain the damage caused by identity theft
Step 1. Protect your personal information
Step 2. Handle your documents carefully
Step 3. Be cautious using email
Step 4. Be cautious online
Step 5. Read your statements
Who can help
If you've been scammed