Document Publication date February 26, 2019

Identity theft - identifying the dangers

Identity theft is an increasing threat to every one of us. It’s not always easy to recover from, so it’s best to make it as hard as you possibly can for identity thieves.

They’ll go through your rubbish to find your financial details. They’ll sweep or swipe your personal data from social media accounts like Twitter and Facebook. They’ll use those details to open accounts, get credit and spend money in your name. They’ll stop at nothing to use your identity at your expense, potentially landing you with big bills and a bad credit rating.

So where do you start in preventing identity theft?

Key steps to protect your ID

There are 6 sensible precautions you can take which can help you avoid Identity Theft and the anxiety it can cause.

Keep your PIN safe

Get a shredder

Lock down your phone – with a passcode

Protect yourself online

Always check bank statements

Regularly check your credit reference files

There are also some expert bodies and key contacts you can turn to for further information or assistance regarding identity theft.

Get Safe Online

Financial Conduct Authority
12 Endeavour Square
E20 1JN
Tel: 0800 111 6768

Home Office
2 Marsham Street
Tel: 020 7035 4745

Royal Mail
Customer Enquiries
Tel: 08457 740 740

Tel: 0800 555 111

HM Passport Office
P.O. Box 767
Southport, PR8 9PW
Tel: 0300 222 0000

DVLA (Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency)
Drivers Customer Services (DCS)
Swansea SA6 7JL
Tel: 0300 790 6801

CIFAS Protective Registration Service
Capital House
Bankhead Crossway South
Edinburgh, EH11 4EP
Tel: 0330 1000 180

Financial Fraud Action UK

National Crime Agency
Units 1-6 Citadel Place
Tinsworth St
London, SE11 5EF
Tel: 0370 496 7622


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