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Identity theft

What is it and how can I reduce my risk of being victimized?

You check your credit card statement and you see a charge for something you're sure you didn't buy. Or you get a call from the bank about a loan you didn't request. This is what can happen when someone gets hold of private information about you and uses it for their personal gain.

Consumer Rights | Identity Theft - Consumer Protection Office

It's called identity theft, and it's a serious crime. Unfortunately, identity theft is on the rise, and is one of the fastest growing crimes throughout the world, including here in Manitoba. By following the steps below, you can reduce your risk of becoming a victim of identity theft.

  • Keep your personal information and documents in a safe place.
  • Use malware software to protect your computer.
  • Be careful what information you share online.
  • Never give out account information or passwords.
  • Be vigilant.
For more information or if you have questions you can visit the Manitoba Consumer Protection Office website at or see the contact us page for additional contact information.