2. Never give your personal identification number PIN to anyone else.
Avoid using the same PIN on more than one account.
3. Your bank will never email you regarding any breach of your account i.e., theft. It will always telephone you instead. There are so many spurious email scams which purport to be from your bank, even down to using the 'same' headed web site etc. and asking for details of your account. You need to be extra vigilant here.
These are known as 'phishing' expeditions. Be careful!
4. If you have not got one, or do not have access to one, you need to invest in a shredder – these are around £30. Choose one that has a cross cut operation. Shred all your personal documents. You may well find this is one of the best investments you make against falling the victim of identity fraud.
For double protection, dispose of this shredded paper on your compost heap - it 'disappears' in no time at all amongst all the other detritus.
5. Always inform your bank, insurers and other financial institutions of your new address when you move. As an added protection get the Post Office to forward your mail to your new address so that it never goes to the 'old' address. See Tip. No. 12 below.
6. Invest in a good anti-virus system for your computer. Also protect yourself with a firewall. Free systems are fine to a degree, but you only get what you pay for. Therefore a 'paid' system is recommended.
7. Remain alert and identify the warning signs of fraud as soon as possible. Often fraudsters will take a small amount from your account to test whether it is working and operational before going in for the kill and removing a large sum. Losses from fraud already mount up to around £1.7bn. per year. Make use of free identity fraud protection.
8. Ask for a copy of your personal credit file from credit reference agencies such as Experian and Equitas. This will cost you around £2.00 for one sent to you by post to £1 for one sent online immediately. You can also secure a FREE report on some sites.
9. Sign up for a service that will monitor your credit report and notify you if someone applies for credit in your name.
10. Consider insurance to help deal with identity theft. CIFAS. the UK’s fraud protection service offers this, provided on their behalf by Equifax, at a cost of around £11.75 This will be a cost you and is not free identity fraud protection, but maybe worth it if you have a business.
11. Always seek compensation if you are a victim of identity fraud. Under the Banking Code your bank or building society will reimburse any money taken from your account. This is free identity fraud protection.
12. When you move home/house always make sure you register with the Post Office (Royal Mail) to have your letters forwarded to your new address. It is best to have this done for a full twelve months which should cope with any annual subscriptions etc. you have falling due in this time. This will ensure your post does not fall into the wrong hands. It is well worth the fee charged for the peace of mind it brings.
13. Never buy goods from a company on the Internet that does not have a land line phone number. In addition, if the company states their address, this is a bonus. Just a mobile number should tell you to beware. So many frauds have been committed in this way. Commonsense, and free identity fraud protection go hand in hand
If you follow these simple tips you will make it more difficult for any fraudster to help him/herself to your money.
There are so many people who have a legitimate reason for dipping their hands into your bank account, i.e., possible credit card bills to pay, the Government and local Councils taking their taxes, etc. that you need to be extra vigilant regarding free identity fraud protection..
There are also many other people who would rather live on your hard work and off your back than do a proper job for themselves; you really need to be extra alert in today's world.
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