It's a crime
What is it?
Identity theft is a crime. Identity theft and identity fraud are terms used to refer to all types of crime in which someone wrongfully obtains and uses another person's personal data in some way that involves fraud or deception, typically for economic gain.
Anything from your name, your driver’s license,credit card or Social Security Number can be stolen.
Over 9 million people in the United States are affected by identity theft each year. It can take around 30 hours to find a resolution to identity theft. And only about 25% report their cases. Most identities are stolen by wallet or credit card. In total there has been over $50 billion in financial losses. Your Identity can be taken by phishing, which is when a person attempts to acquire personal information, like usernames or passwords. Another method in attempt to scam someone is by vishing, which is similar to phishing except for this is done over a phone call. Spyware is where someone is enabled to obtain information about a users computer activity.