Identity Theft

Identity Theft

Identity theft is when your personal information is used without your knowledge or permission. Personal information can be accessed from your computer or at a cybercafé/public computer terminal.

Criminals can use your information with sufficient information of yours to do:

  • Open bank accounts in your name
  • Apply for credit cards or loans in your name
  • Transfer money directly from your bank accounts
  • Impersonate you online on social networking sites.

How do I avoid ID theft?

  • Monitoring content – if you suspect your profile has been hacked, shut it down
  • Using secure websites for online shopping and banking.
  • Posting personal information – small pieces of personal data can be used to build a much bigger picture.
  • Changing passwords – Passwords should be:
    • Eight or more characters in length and include a combination of characters, numbers and symbols
    • Change them regularly and never share them with anyone
  • If the email asks you to click on a link, chances are that this is a scam.
  • If you are in trouble, you should talk to your parents or a trusted adult