What is identity theft?

Identity theft is when your personal information is stolen and then used by criminals to open bank accounts, take out credit cards and loans or apply for government benefits and documents in your name without your knowledge.

Criminals can steal your identity in a number of ways, for example finding your credit card or bank statements in your rubbish or stealing your driving licence or bank cards from your purse or wallet. Social media can also be used by criminals to find out personal details about you and build a better picture of your identity.

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