What is identity theft?


Identity theft is when thieves steal your personal information in order to take over or open new accounts, file fake tax returns, rent or buy properties, or do other criminal things in your name.

Find out your identity theft risk at every stage of life.

Why children can be vulnerable to identity theft:

Children Have Social Security Numbers and Clean Credit

Kids’ clean credit histories make it easy for criminals to make new charges, open accounts and more.


Parents Tend to Overshare

Parents are proud of their kid’s accomplishments. But, sharing too many details about your children can cause more harm than good.

Why millennials can be vulnerable to identity theft:

Accepting Unknown Friend Requests on Social Media

Unknown friend requests could open the door to criminals looking for personal information.


Tendency to Overshare

Sharing on social media is one thing. But sharing personal information like your birthday, address and phone number can lead to having your identity stolen.

Why recently separated couples can be vulnerable to identity theft:

Meeting New People

Letting new people into your life can lead to unintentionally over-sharing personal details. Be careful what you put out there on both social and dating websites.


The "Ex" Was in Charge of the Technology

If the "ex" was the tech-savvy one in the home, online activity can get less safe when you're on your own.

Why newlyweds can be vulnerable to identity theft:

Combining Finances Online

Planning for the bright financial future can mean making changes to existing financial accounts or opening new ones. All of which can expose personal information.


Oversharing Wedding and Honeymoon Details

Sharing where you're going to be and when and posting photos can expose details that make you vulnerable.

Why new parents can be vulnerable to identity theft:

Using Online Photo Storage and Oversharing

Sharing and storing photos online can make identity thieves aware of new additions to family.


Over-Tired Parents Pay Less Attention

New babies can mean less sleep. When parents let their guard down, they may not update security software and passwords.


New Medical Insurance and Other Forms Being Put into the System

New babies require forms that need to be filled out with personal information and routed through the system.

Why new homeowners can be vulnerable to identity theft:

They Often Give Out Personal Information

There is so much to do when you move, that giving out personal information can start to be routine.


Increased Online Activity

Shopping online for new things for the home can expose personal details.


Unattended Visitors Entering the Home

Buying or selling a home can bring unattended outsiders in.

Why LifeLock is a leader in identity theft protection.

DETECT & ALERT

Our proprietary technology scans millions of transactions every second for threats to your identity.†

RESTORE

A dedicated U.S-based Identity Restoration Specialist will work to resolve your identity theft problem.

STOLEN FUNDS REIMBURSEMENT

We’ll reimburse up to $25,000 to $1 million to replace stolen funds depending on your level of your plan.‡


What is identity theft and are you at risk?

“What is identity theft?” It seems like a simple question, but the reality can get complicated pretty fast. Start with the simple – Identity theft is when thieves steal your personal information and personal data, including your name, address, Social Security number, credit card information. Why? So they can take over or open new accounts, file fake tax returns, rent or buy properties, or do other criminal things in your name. That’s when it gets complicated. Undoing the work of an identity thief isn’t easy, especially when they’ve committed fraud and other crimes in your name. And it might not be your fault—far from it. A thief could gain access to your personal information through a data breach at a company you do business with — or a hospital or a government agency. Identity fraud can cost you time and money, so it’s important to stay vigilant. For instance, it’s always a good idea to check your credit card statements and monitor your credit report to look for suspicious activity. But here’s another answer to the question “What is ID theft?” It’s something you don’t have to fight alone. LifeLock identity theft protection can help.