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.
PROTECT YOUR IDENTITY
Don’t carry your SIN card or birth certificate with you. Keep them in a safe place.
Check your credit report at least once a year to look for any credit inquiries or changes you have not authorized.
Be suspicious of any email that asks for personal or account information.
Don’t overshare on social media. Scammers can use your birth date and other personal information to steal your identity.
Shred mail with your address on it.