There has been a large number of identity thefts carried out in our area.
WHAT IS IDENTITY THEFT?
Identity theft is when someone steals your name and personal details, and uses them for their personal advantage, leaving you with a massive bill to pay. It is classified as fraud. It is often linked to major organised crime such as human trafficking, terrorism, drugs and money laundering.
HOW DO THEY GET YOUR DETAILS?
The easiest way for criminals to get your details is from documents you throw out, such as bank and credit card letters and statements, insurance documents, rent and mortgage details, council letters etc.
You must also protect vital documents like passports, driving licence, cheque books, and any ID and Credit or Debit cards. If you lose them – report it immediately!
They can also obtain information from you over the telephone as a fake survey, or a fake call from your bank or building society. Similar practices could be done on-line. It may even be an official looking doorstep questionnaire.
HOW CAN I PREVENT IDENTITY FRAUD?
You should be cautious of anything or any-one outside of your regular officiial contact routines. All unexpected calls and visits should be treated as suspicious.
All documents showing your personal information should be shredded (using a security rated shredder). DO NOT put them in recycle bags or out with the rubbish.
Never pass any personal information over the telephone if someone calls you out of the blue. Tell them you will call them back, take their name and use the number you have on statements or on your documents, remember if they give you a number to call it will probably be fake, where they will have a friend waiting to carry on the con.
For further information follow this link.
To report identity theft, follow this link
REMEMBER – YOUR IDENTITY IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU HAVE
DON’T LET ANYONE TAKE IT AWAY!
NEVER BE THE VICTIM!