Have you ever heard of someone who, in order to get back at someone, used their ex’s account (email, Facebook, Twitter) to say bad things about someone else?
Maybe you have received an email supposedly from a bank telling you that your bank account will be closed in the following 24 hours if you do not provide the information requested in the message. What did you do? Did you know that this type of email is called phishing?
Identity theft is when someone else takes ownership or uses, without you knowing, your personal information (e.g. name, first name, pseudonym, email address, photos, passwords, etc.) in order to pretend that they are you.
Identity theft is often used to spread hatred, to intimidate, to blackmail, to steal assignments or money, or to commit fraud. It can be done using any type of internet platform (Facebook, Twitter, Hotmail, Instagram, etc.). As well, identity theft can be carried out through hacking or phishing.