Identity Theft

Identity theft is a catch-all term for crimes involving illegal usage of another individual's identity. While the term is relatively new, the practice of stealing money or getting other benefits by pretending to be a different person is thousands of years old.

Identity theft occurs when someone uses your personal information without your knowledge or consent to commit a crime, such as fraud or theft.

Identity thieves steal key pieces of personal information — either physically or in other ways, without your knowledge — and use it to impersonate you and commit crimes in your name.

In addition to names, addresses and phone numbers, thieves look for:

  • Social Insurance Numbers
  • Driver’s License Numbers
  • Credit Card and Banking Information
  • Bank Cards
  • Calling Cards
  • Birth Certificate
  • Passports

Identity thieves can manipulate your information and invade your personal and financial life. They can use stolen identities to conduct spending sprees, open new bank accounts, divert mail, rent apartments apply for loans, credit cards and social benefits, and even commit more serious crimes.

For more information please see the following links:

Contact numbers to report identity theft

Trans Union of CanadaTransUnion logo

Consumer inquiry number 1-800-663-9980
Fraud inquiry number 1-877-525-3823
Website:  www.transunion.ca

Equifax Canada

EquifaxConsumer/fraud inquiry number 1-800-465-7166
Website: www.equifax.ca

Canadian Anti Fraud Centre

Telephone number 1-888-495-8501
Fax 1-888-654-9426
Website: www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca
Email for complainants [email protected]
West African fraud letters/Nigerian letters [email protected]

Identify theft statements can be obtained from the Canadian Anti Fraud Centre websites.

Recommendations:

  • Check your bank account activity on a regular basis.
  • Never respond to emails requesting your bank information and or PIN number.
  • Renew your license plates yearly opposed to two years at a time.
  • Do credit checks yearly with all credit bureaus.
  • Consider title insurance on your home.