ID theft occurs when someone obtains your personally identifying information, (i.e. your name, social security number or your credit card number) and uses this information to commit fraud and other crimes. It takes on many different forms such as thieves trying to rent an apartment, purchase, and house etc, all in your name. Thieves can fraudulently open credit cards or telephone accounts in your name and can even prevent you from finding out by forwarding your mail to a different address. Criminals will misuse your personally identifying information like your social security number or other information and may commit a variety of crimes such as credit card fraud, bank fraud and government document fraud just to name a few.