WHAT IS IDENTITY THEFT?
Identity theft begins when someone obtains your personal information such as your driver’s license, date of birth, health card number, SIN card number, online passwords, credit card number or your card’s Personal Identification Number (PIN).
With a few pieces of personal information they can begin to make financial transactions in your name. They might open a new credit card account, take out a car loan or mortgage your home. You probably won’t realize what has happened until it’s too late and your credit rating is affected.
WHAT IS PHISHING?
Cybercriminals have become expert at luring people in with their emails, often impersonating well-known companies, banks and even government agencies. They may ask you to confirm your account information or log in to your account. If you take the bait, they’ve stolen your personal information.