Identity Theft: A Crime

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Identity theft is a crime when a person (who's pretending to be someone else) gets very important parts of someone's personal information, such as Social Security or driver's license numbers, to pretend to be somebody else. The information can be used to get credit, merchandise, and services in the name of the victim, or to provide the thief with false information. A person who's pretending to be someone else may provide false identification to police, creating a criminal record for the person whose identity has been stolen.

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