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Identity Theft

Identity theft is a growing concern of more than 73 per cent of Canadians. Eighty-five per cent of the victims are between 18 – 59 years.

If criminals obtain any document with your personal information on it, it can be used to instigate a fraud. The most common ways criminals can get your information is from apartment mailboxes, social networking websites, or through hackers.

Identity theft is usually done by a network of individuals rather than a criminal acting alone.

Below are eight tips to protect yourself from identity fraud:

  • Never leave loose credit or debit card receipts in the car
  • Never leave your cell phone or lap top in your car 
  • Update security and virus protection on your home computer 
  • Change your PIN, especially if you have been using the same one for a few years 
  • Purchase a shredder 
  • Request a personal credit report 
  • Never provide your social insurance number on credit applications
  • Never carry your birth certificate in your wallet

If you've been a victim call the Edmonton Police Service immediately at 780-423-4567 or #377 from your mobile phone. If you're a victim of fraud, do not be afraid to come forward. You are not alone. We are here to help you.

If your social insurance number (SIN) has been stolen, contact Service Canada at 1-800-206-7218.

To report a fraud, please contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre online or at 1-888-495-8501.