identity theft

identity theft

the fraudulent appropriation and use of someone's identifying or personal data or documents, as a credit card.

Origin:
1995–2000

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identity theft
 
n
the crime of setting up and using bank accounts and credit facilities fraudulently in another person's name without his or her knowledge

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Main Entry:  identity theft
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  the stealing of a person's financial information, esp. credit cards and Social Security number, with the intention of using that data to commit fraud and create a phony persona
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