Online Identity Theft

By: Dr Carla Kesrouani April 11, 2023 no comments

Online Identity Theft


Online identity theft disorder is a growing concern in today’s digital age. With the increasing reliance on online platforms and digital devices, many people are at risk of having their personal information stolen by cybercriminals.

Causes of Online Identity Theft

Identity theft disorder can be caused by a variety of factors, including:

  • Weak or compromised passwords
  • Phishing scams and other online fraud tactics
  • Sharing personal information online or on social media
  • Lack of awareness or education on online security


Signs of online identity theft disorder can include:

  • Unusual activity on online accounts or credit cards
  • Notifications of account breaches or unauthorized access
  • Difficulty in accessing online accounts or resetting passwords
  • Suspicious emails or messages requesting personal information
  • Unexpected bills or charges related to online accounts

Psychological Effects

Identity theft disorder can have serious psychological effects on mental health and well-being. Some common psychological effects include:

  • Anxiety and fear related to the theft of personal information
  • Difficulty in trusting others or online platforms
  • Paranoia and hypervigilance related to online security
  • Social isolation and withdrawal related to fear of online activity

How to deal with online identity theft

Dealing with identity theft disorder may include:

  • Reporting the identity theft to authorities or credit bureaus
  • Changing passwords and strengthening online security measures
  • Seeking support from friends, family, or support groups
  • Educating oneself on online security and fraud prevention
  • Consulting with a mental health professional for treatment options and guidance on mental concerns


Online identity theft is a growing concern in today’s digital age and can be caused by weak passwords, phishing scams, sharing personal information, and lack of awareness. Psychological effects of identity theft can include anxiety, fear, paranoia, and social isolation. It is important to recognize the impact of online theft on mental health and well-being and take steps to manage it.



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