Identify theft occurs when crooks use other people's personal information
to impersonate them and commit fraud such as opening new accounts, buying
vehicles, renting apartments, or even scamming others while pretending to be
There are also a variety of scams where con artists send out fraudulent e-mail messages (Phishing) or text messages (Smishing) that appear to come from legitimate organizations or people we may know and trust.
These messages direct people to provide confidential information and may even include links to bogus websites that have logos or even look like the legitimate websites. Here are some tips to help you avoid becoming a victim.