Information provided by San Diego Police Department Economic Crime Section.
PC 530.5 - Unauthorized Use of Personal Identifying Information:
(a) Every person who willfully obtains personal identifying information, as defined in subdivision (b), of another person without the authorization of that person, and uses that information for any unlawful purpose, including to obtain, or attempt to obtain, credit, goods, services, or medical information in the name of the other person without the consent of that person is guilty of a public offense.
What Is Identity Theft:
Identity theft involves acquiring key pieces of someone’s identifying information, such as: name, address, date of birth, social security number and/or mother’s maiden name, in order to impersonate them. This information enables the identity thief to commit numerous forms of fraud which include, but are not limited to: opening new bank accounts, taking over the victim’s financial accounts, purchasing automobiles, applying for loans, credit cards and social security benefits, renting apartments, and establishing services with utility and phone companies.
What to do if you become a victim:
Sample 'Courtesy Notice'
Dear (Creditor Name/Collection Agency Name):
On (Date), I received your letter demanding payment of ($$ amount). I did not open this account and incur this unpaid balance. Someone, other than myself, wrongfully used my personal information to obtain a line of credit/service. Your company extended a line of credit/services to someone, other than myself.
You are hereby notified that on (Date), I filed an identity theft report with the San Diego Police Dept. The case number is (xx-yyyyyy), a copy of which can be obtained by contacting the SDPD Records Section at (619) 531-2846.
Make note of the case number in your detailed history folder and reference it when you have contact with any business or law enforcement agency concerning this report. Depending upon the jurisdiction of the crime (location where goods or services were obtained or delivered), an investigator may or may not be assigned to this case.