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Identity Fraud

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Identity Fraud

  • Identity Fraud is often quoted as the fastest growing crime in Britain. Identity Fraud involves the misuse of an individuals personal details in order to commit crime. Your personal details are very valuable to the criminal who can use these details to commit crime or even sell them on to other criminals.
  • Victims of identity fraud often suffer a great deal of stress and cost in trying to clear matters up after the fraudulent use of their personal information. Many never establish exactly how their details were obtained.

Protecting your address.

  • If you start to receive post from someone you don't know, find out why.
  • Register to vote at your current address (Lenders use the electoral roll to check who is registered as living at a particular address)
  • When registering to vote, tick the box to opt out of the "Edited" register to prevent unsolicited marketing mail. (This does not affect credit checks)
  • Sign up with the mail preference service to prevent marketing letters. (M.P.S. is a free service enabling consumers to have their names and addresses removed from mailing lists:- Telephone 0207 2913300 or www.mpsonline.org.uk
  • Protect mail left in communal areas of residential properties.
  • Re-direct your mail when moving home.
  • Do not leave documents containing personal information in view, for example on window sills or where the general public can view them or has access to the location. (Communal areas)

Protecting your Bank Account

  • Be extremely wary of unsolicited phone calls, letters or emails from your bank, or other financial institutions, asking you to confirm your personal details, passwords, pin numbers and security numbers. (A Bank will never ask you to reveal your pin number, Its yours and yours only.)
  • Regularly check your accounts and chase up any statements that are not delivered and expected.
  • Dispose of anything containing your personal or banking details by using a cross cut shredder, tearing them up into tiny pieces or incinerating them.
  • Always sign up to American Express SafeKey, Mastercard SecureCode OR Verified by Visa when you receive your cards, even if you don't intend to use your cards online. This helps to protect you if your card or details are stolen or lost.
  • If you think someone is misusing your bank account details then report it to your bank.

Your Personal Information is Valuable, Take Action To Protect It.

Published 27/01/16