What can an identity thief do with my personal information?

If an identity thief accesses your personal information they can use it to do any of the following:

  • Drain your credit and debit card accounts by purchasing expensive items
  • Open a new credit card account in your name with a different address and when they don’t pay the bills the delinquent account is reported on your credit report
  • Open new utility, phone or wireless accounts in your name
  • Receive medical treatment on your health insurance
  • File a tax return in your name and receive your refund
  • Take out loans in your name
  • File for bankruptcy under your name
  • Pretend to be you during an arrest, putting the charges on your criminal record
  • Obtain government documents

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