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How to Prevent Identity Theft

How to Prevent Identity Theft Risky Business Anyone can fall foul of hackers and fraudsters. Just recently, several celebrities became victims of hackers when they had private photos from their mobile phones stolen. Criminals could steal your private information just as easily and use them to get loans, credit cards and even order passports. cost of identity worth of card £1.6M fraud occurs every day £1.3B fraud to the economy each year rise in 163% impersonation fraud since rise in identity theft each 500% year 1999 1 in 5 of us has been a victim of cyber criminals with an average theft of almost £250. So make sure you know how to spot this type of crime and how to protect yourself against it. Getting Protected Spot identity theft Create strong passwords Look out for the following red flags: If you regularly make transactions online or use online banking then make sure your passwords are strong. Don't use the same password for multiple sites and don't choose something obvious like your birthday. A letter demanding payment for an account you never opened. Unfamiliar transactions on your statements. Check the link is secure too. Secure sites will have a padlock in the browser window frame and start with https://. Being refused by a lender for not having paid bills. Check statements Destroy documents Always check your bank and credit card statements for unusual activity. Get rid of confidential documents using a secure shredding service. Use privacy settings Avoid cold calls Use privacy settings on social media sites so criminals can't Don't give your details over the phone to somebody you have never spoken with before. create a picture of your identity. Rерort it Store details safely Always report instances of fraud. Cali Action Fraud on 0300 123 20 40 or visit their site. Protect your pin when you're at a cash point. Avoid writing passwords down anywhere or storing them in your phone. HOMESHREDUK the home of shredding www.homeshreduk.co.uk Sources: http://www.bbc.co.uk/consumer/22342924 http://www.equifax.co.uk/Products/learning-centre/facts-and-statistics.html https://www flickr com/photos/iacksoncam/5364480316

How to Prevent Identity Theft

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Did you know that around £1.6 million worth of card fraud happens every day? Make sure identity theft doesn't happen to you.

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