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Identity theft

Identity theft is when someone steals your personal details. It involves unauthorised use of your name and personal details to either steal from you, or commit a crime in your name. You can reduce the risk of being a victim of identity theft by following this advice:

  • Ensure you have effective and up to date antivirus software installed
  • Use secure websites for shopping and banking online
  • Log out of websites when you have finished your transaction
  • Avoid using public computers for entering personal details. If you do, be sure to remove all your details and log out properly
  • Beware of anyone looking over your shoulder when entering personal details
  • Never give personal details in an email unless you are certain that the request is from a genuine source
  • Consider paperless billing

Report it

If you have been a victim of fraud, and there isn't immediate danger, contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

Action Fraud is the UK's first national fraud and cyber crime reporting centre, which takes crime reports from victims and provides a crime reference number.

Action Fraud provides a single place for victims of fraud and cyber crime to report to, or get advice on protecting themselves. For more advice, visit www.actionfraud.police.uk or call 0300 123 2040.

20 Feb 19 1:07 PM

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