Protect yourself from identify theft
Before you realize someone has stolen your identity, you can end up on the hook for hundreds of thousands of dollars.
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.