Protect yourself from identify theft

Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in Canada. Your personal information has become a highly sought after commodity: Criminals can use it to open bank and utility accounts, buy cars and apply for credit cards or mortgages, all in your name. You could even become the subject of a criminal investigation if your name is used to commit crimes. It may take years to restore your credit rating — and cost thousands in legal fees to prove your innocence. Here's what to look out for and how to protect one of your most precious assets.