Identity theft (redirected from Online identity theft)
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Related to Online identity theft: Denial of service attack
A crime in which a person pretends to be another person for the purpose of using his/her financial
information for personal gain. Identity theft can be fairly basic; for example, one may steal and use a credit card
. Often, however, identity theft involves using computer programs to find a person's financial
information and conduct large transactions
with that person's money
. Identity theft is a serious crime, as it can ruin the victim's credit
, making it difficult to obtain a loan
when one is needed. Many banks
and credit card companies provide identity theft protection to reduce a client's liability
for identity theft and to minimize its occurrence.
Identity theft is the unauthorized use of your personal information, such as your name, address, Social Security number, or credit account information.
People usually steal your identity to make purchases or obtain credit, though they may also use the data to apply for a driver's license or other form of official identification.