Protecting your identity
Want to find out more about fraud?
What can you do to help keep your details safe?
- Check the identity of anyone asking for your personal information – whether by phone, face-to-face or online. If you’re not sure, don’t give them your details
- Limit the amount of personal information you share on social networking sites, and make sure you have privacy settings in place
- Never share your passwords or PIN with other people, and make sure they’re not easy to guess
- Shred any documents that contain your personal details before you throw them away
What are the signs that you may have become a victim of fraud?
- You receive emails and text messages confirming changes to your existing accounts that you didn’t request – change of email address or contact number, and so on
- You receive bills, invoices or receipts for goods or services you haven’t ordered
- Letters from solicitors or debt collection agencies about debts that aren’t yours
- ransactions appearing on your bank statements that you don’t recognise
- New accounts appearing on your credit report that you didn’t apply for
I recently lost some documents containing personal details. What steps can I take to protect myself from identity theft?
- If you think you’re at risk of becoming a victim of identity fraud, CIFAS Protective Registration is a quick step you can take to protect yourself
- When you request the Protective Registration service, a warning flag marked Protective Registration will then be placed on the CIFAS National Fraud Database against your name and personal details. After this, you can be sure that extra checks will be made to stop you from becoming a victim of identity fraud
- CIFAS provides the UK’s most comprehensive databases of confirmed fraud data, as well as an extensive range of fraud prevention service