What is the difference?

Let’s break it down

Identity Theft: crimes in which someone wrongfully obtains and uses another person’s personal data in some way that involves fraud or deception, typically for economic gain.[1]

Impersonation: to attempt to deceive someone by pretending that you are another person [2]

By looking at these definitions you may think that they are the same thing, however, if you look at a real-life case you will see the difference and why they are tricky to prosecute as well as safeguard against.

While both impersonation and identity theft are damaging to an individual the aftermath of identity theft is often much more far-reaching than that of online impersonation.

[1] - http://www.justice.gov/criminal/fraud/websites/idtheft.html

[2] - https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/impersonate

[3] https://www.michalsons.com/blog