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Is phishing a form of identity theft?

Yes, phishing is a cybercrime that is considered a form of identity theft or attempted identity theft. It involves unlawfully soliciting personal information from unsuspecting individuals, such as financial details, credit card numbers and passwords.

New York law defines identity theft as deliberately taking on another person’s identity with the intent to defraud. Phishing scams use fraudulent emails or websites disguised as reputable companies to trick people into divulging their private information. The illegally obtained details are then used to engage in identity theft.

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