Criminal identity theft refers to someone committing a crime using someone else’s name. During the criminal act or upon being arrested, the criminal may use a fraudulent ID with your name and personal information.
Deceased identity theft, or “ghosting,” is when a deceased individual’s personal information is used to commit fraudulent acts such as tax refund fraud, medical identity theft, driver’s license theft, credit card fraud, and more.
Financial identity theft happens when a scammer gains access to your bank accounts, credit cards, retirement accounts, or personal information for their financial gain.
Cybercriminals use your Medicare / Medicaid or private health insurance ID to get medical services, prescriptions, or other benefits, or to send fake bills to your health insurer for reimbursement.
Social Security number identity theft refers to someone gaining access to your Social Security number and using it to receive your tax refund, file for benefits, gain employment, or for some other fraudulent financial or personal gain.