Identity theft can take many forms but no matter the type of fraud, the goal often remains the same—to profit financially by using your personal information. In a single moment, someone could have access to your banking information, credit card accounts, even your medical benefits, and put the things that are important to you at risk.
An identity thief who has stolen your wallet or purse can go on a shopping spree with your credit cards and open loans and credit accounts with your name, SIN and address. That's why credit monitoring is such a powerful tool in helping to protect you.
It is still common practice to search through trash for documents containing sensitive information that could be used to steal your identity. Shredding is a great preventative measure, but credit monitoring can alert you to identity misuse should valuable information find its way into a fraudster's hands.
Online shopping continues to grow, but it can lead you to unsecure sites that may make you vulnerable to identity theft. If you do become a victim of identity theft, our Identity Theft Recovery Unit can help you take the necessary steps to recover.
The spread of Wi-Fi is a great convenience that allows us to network, connect, do business and learn. It's also ripe for fraud, which is why anti-virus and anti-keylogging software are important in helping to protect yourself from identity theft.
Identity theft can happen to anyone and while there is nothing you can do to guarantee your security, knowing what signs to look for can be helpful in detecting identity misuse.