AVOIDING IDENTITY THEFT

sbfraserBroadly speaking if your personal information is used to steal from you or carry out other crimes then you’re a victim of identity fraud.

A common example of the crime is to steal personal information, open a credit card account and commence buying merchandise.

We all are potential targets in fact millions are affected each year and it costs the economy billions of dollars.

So how do we avoid becoming a victim:

Safeguard your bank and credit card statements, tax returns, passports and driving license.

Shred all documents prior to throwing them away.

Be careful who you give your personal information to especially online or over the phone.

Never share your PIN numbers.

Review you bank and card statements each month.

If you use your phone or tablet to carry out financial transactions make sure you have adequate security programmes installed.

It goes without saying ensure your computer has an up-to-date anti-virus software.

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