HOW TO DEAL WITH IDENTITY THEFT
Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in several countries around the world. This is why we must always protect our identity.
What is Identity theft?
Identity theft can begin with the preliminary steps of collecting, possessing and trafficking in identify Information for the purpose in of the eventual use in crime.
What is identity fraud?
Identity fraud is the subsequent actual deceptive use of identity information of another person identity Information in connection with various crimes.
Identity Theft New Crimes Canada created three new criminal code laws in 2010 related to identity theft including:
- Obtaining and possessing Identity information with the intention to use the information deceptively, dishonestly in the commission of crimes.
- Trafficking in identity information, an offence that targets those who transfers or sells information of another person with the knowledge of or reckless as to the possible criminal use of the information.
- Unlawfully possessing trafficking information in government issued identify documents that contains the information of another person.
All three offences carry five year maximum prison sentences.
Here are some examples of where identity theft occurs:
Debit card Mail Wallet Child ID Bus Pass Phishing Credit Card Computer Death Certificate Web site Risk of social networking Mortgage Abuse of Seniors Passport Fake notices from fake banks Spouse and family Phone Vehicle license Health Card Telemarketers Victims and Perpetrators of Identity Theft
Are you a victim? Here are some of the signs
- Seniors Family members
- Honest Citizens Organized Crime
- People not monitoring their businesses
- Banks and Insurance companies Anyone
What to do if you are a victim?
Call the financial institution and local police. Put a fraud alert on your credit report. Call Equifax at 1-800235-3823, Trans 1-877-535-82
For Quebec 1-877-713-3338, to replace credit card like health, drivers licence and SIN cards
Contact Canada Post if you feel your mail is missing. Keep the record and Steps that you have taken to clear your name and re-establish your credit.
Stop Fraud by Calling 1-888-495-8501. For more Information on Identity Theft www.Consumerinformtion.ca .
For information see the video http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/scams-fraudes/id-theft-vol-eng.htm
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