Identity Theft

Identity Theft Definition

Under California Penal Code 530.5(a): Unauthorized Use of Personal Identifying Information.

Every person who willfully obtains personal identifying information of another person, and uses that information for any unlawful purpose, including to obtain or attempt to obtain, credit, goods, services, or medical information in the name of the other person without the consent of that person, is guilty of a public offense.

Identifying Information

Identity theft involves acquiring key pieces of someone's identifying information, in order to impersonate them, such as:

  • Address
  • Bank Account Numbers
  • Date of Birth
  • Health Insurance Identification Number
  • Mother's Maiden Name
  • Name
  • Social Security Number

Dangers of Identity Theft

This information enables the identity thief to commit numerous forms of fraud which include, but are not limited to: 

  • Applying for loans, credit cards, and social security benefits
  • Establishing services with utility and phone companies
  • Opening new bank accounts
  • Purchasing automobiles
  • Renting apartments
  • Taking over the victim's financial accounts