Identity theft is the criminal use of someone else’s personally identifying information to commit fraud or other crimes.
Your informational fingerprint—data such as your Social Security number, bank account or credit card number, insurance policy number, and other valuable information—could be used by someone else to profit at your expense. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) estimates that nine million Americans have their identities stolen each year.
In this section you can learn about three types of identity theft. They include: