Start Today and Prevent Identity Fraud
You may think the odds are in your favour when it comes to being a victim of identity fraud. But using other people’s stolen personal details to obtain credit and commit scams is one of the UK’s fastest growing crimes – and the fraudsters are always on the look out for ways to up their game.
So preventing identity fraud makes sense when you get wise to the fraudsters dirty tactics and start practising some defensive footwork of your own by following our expert money saving advice to protect your finances today.
You can get in training and pick up a few useful tricks with this year’s National Identity Fraud Prevention Week, which kicks off on 12 October. Aimed at increasing awareness of the fraudsters’ activities, it provides information and advice on protecting yourself from the criminals.
Ten Tips To Help Prevent Identity Fraud
In the meantime, this weeks we recommend you check out these top 10 money saving tips to prevent your identity being stolen
- Keep your passwords secret
Being careless with your passwords and PINs is almost inviting someone to hack into your accounts. Don’t write them down, never give them to other people and avoid obvious words such as your pet’s or children’s names or your birthday.
- Don’t respond to dodgy e-mails and texts
Never reply to messages from people you don’t know or anything that looks suspicious, even if it seems to have come from a friend – just delete them straight away. The same goes for phishing e-mails that appear to come from your bank or card company and ask you to input your personal details – genuine companies never ask you to do this so don’t fall for the scam.
- Check your credit report regularly
This is the personal history of your credit accounts, such as credit cards and loans, so by keeping an eye on it you’ll see immediately if there are any suspicious entries and be able to contact the relevant lender to set things straight. Help protect yourself from Identity Fraud with CreditExpert.Click here for a FREE 30-day-trial and online credit report
- Don’t give away too much information
Take care that you don’t inadvertently give fraudsters a helping hand by revealing personal details about yourself on social networking sites. Use the security options so you only share private information, such as your name, address, date of birth and holiday dates, with close friends.
- Register to vote
It might not seem important but putting your name on the electoral roll at your current address is a simple way of protecting yourself against a criminal misusing your details.
- Go through your statements
Always make time to check through your bank statement, credit card statement, mobile phone and other financial statements for irregularities – the sooner you come across any suspicious transactions, the sooner you’ll be able to sort them out.
- Sign-up for alerts from CreditExpert
By taking advantage of an online monitoring service you will be notified immediately if there is any significant change to your credit report – so you will know straight away if, for example, someone else is applying for credit in your name.
- Shred don’t bin
Just because you think something is rubbish it doesn’t mean it won’t be useful to someone else, so make sure you dispose of old bank statements and other private documents carefully – preferably by shredding them.
- Update your security software
As a nation, we Brits are rather bad at computer security – at least a third of us leave ourselves open to cyber crime by failing to update our anti-virus programs and firewalls. Make sure you have the latest versions installed and do your updates regularly.
- Watch out for shoulder surfers
When you are using your card at an ATM or some other public place, beware of people watching you – they could be memorising your PIN or even taking a sneaky photo with a phone.
Identity Fraud Prevented
I know we don’t live in a perfect world but we live in one where we do need to keep our eyes open to people wanting to scam us. Identity fraud can be prevented if we just follow a few steps as outlined above.
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