PROTECT YOURSELF FROM
On the rise, identity theft (or identity theft) consists of obtaining
and using your personal information without your consent and
without your knowledge to commit a crime or fraud.
What Are Identity Thieves Looking For?
Any document and information (used alone or together) that is
used to identify you constitutes personal information, such as:
Your first and last name
Your date of birth
Social Security number
Bank account and personal identification number (PIN)
Your debit and credit cards
Your handwritten or electronic signature, etc.
Fraudsters Who Are Full Of Imagination
To recover your personal data, fraudsters do not hesitate to deploy
the following tactics, among others:
Sending spam and fake emails using the identity of a known
financial institution or commercial site (also known as
“phishing”) and where you are asked to provide personal
Using an electronic reader to store bank or credit card data
Theft of your wallet or purse
Hacking your computer or installing malware
Search your trash or recycling bin to retrieve your bills, bank
statements and other documents
Change of address without your knowledge to redirect your
Call pretending to be your bank, employer or landlord
Often, fraudsters will use the bond of trust and create a sense of
urgency to achieve their ends, as in the case of the grandparents
It can also be just by listening to your private conversations or
looking over your shoulder.
Knowing how crooks go about obtaining your personal information
is a first step towards vigilance.
How to Protect Yourself Against Identity Theft?
No one is safe from identity theft, but be smarter than scammers
and use caution to keep your privacy private.
Silence is golden when it comes to privacy
Only give out your personal information when required by law and
only if you trust the person asking for it.
For example, don'