What is identity theft?

Identity theft involves acquiring key pieces of someone’s identifying information, such as the name, address, date of birth, social security number, driver’s license number, biographical attributes, or electronic addresses and numbers, in order to impersonate them. Identity thieves obtain this information primarily to commit various forms of fraud and obtain money, goods or services. In Washington State, the Fraudulent Use or Possession of Identifying Information is a Felony.

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1. What is identity theft?
2. If I become a victim of identity theft, what can I expect?
3. Will the person who stole my identity be charged?