Identity creation is the process of creating a new personal identity or alias for an existing person.
It is commonly employed:
- As part of witness protection program (such as the United States Federal Witness Protection Program)
- To protect people having risk of being murdered for other reasons, such as honor killing.
- In order to place law enforcement personnel or secret agents in deep cover.
- In order to commit fraud.
- By fugitives.
It differs from identity theft in that the new identity is not one previously existing.
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