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What are some of the most common types of identity theft?

On Behalf of | Dec 3, 2022 | Criminal Defense

There may be a multitude of situations in life in which providing your personal information to another entity might seem a necessary endeavor. Types of personal information could include anything from your Social Security number to your bank account number, and such details may be integral to various types of transactions in life. 

While providing such sensitive details can be scary enough as is, what happens if you stand accused of obtaining someone else’s information without authorization and use it to commit fraudulent activity? Types of identity theft can take on various forms, and it might not always be easy to know how best to respond to such a situation. 

Possible types 

There may be various scenarios in which you might face allegations of identity theft. Some of the most common examples of such an offense may include: 

  • Banking information: Obtaining access to another party’s bank account information and using account numbers for fraudulent transactions is one example of a type of identity theft. 
  • Credit card accounts: Allegations of such offenses may also arise if you stand accused of using someone else’s credit card information to make purchases without this party’s authorization. 
  • New accounts: Another type of identity theft may involve unlawfully obtaining and using another person’s information to open new banking accounts or to apply for new lines of credit.  
  • Medical information: Theft of personal information could also apply to obtaining access to another person’s medical records and insurance policies to seek free medical care via fraudulent means. 
  • Technological theft: An investigation into identity theft could also stem from technological acts, such as stealing sensitive information by gaining access to computer hard drives or networks via unlawful activity. 

Accusations of accessing another party’s tax information to file fraudulent tax returns is another example of a type of allegation that might leave you facing identity theft charges. 

Seeking advice on your options 

Regardless of how it happens, facing allegations of identity theft can be an intimidating process. A conviction for similar offenses carries severe repercussions that could affect various aspects of your life. With so much at stake, it might be helpful to consider seeking guidance in addressing your situation and in preparing to make informed choices about your options. Such a decision could prove vital to knowing what to expect from the subsequent process and developing a strategy to pursue the best outcome achievable regarding your future in Minnesota. 


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