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.
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.