Identity Theft is illegal acquiring and using of another person’s identity for an illicit purpose. It is called Identity theft when criminal has stolen or used someone else’s identity for own illegal purposes. Identity and other sensitive information can be stolen through cyber criminal’s Spoofed or Phishing Email, Phone call, or SMS. Identity Theft is not limited to Credit Card and Bank account Fraud because cyber criminal uses same method (usually Phishing Method) to steal someone Identity and some other sensitive information.
Cyber criminal can use stolen identity to make a fake but original looking Identity (Identity Spoofing) or registering for a new service and eventually use this Spoofed Identity or registered services to commit a crime or using them for real life impersonation or cyber impersonation.
It is important every internet user must understand how to keep your personal information safe and how to secure yourself while on internet and understand what exactly Phishing is all about. Reading and learning different types of online frauds and including all processes, idea and education of “Think before response” “Think before click” and ” Think before download “.