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West Mercia Police Notice

PROTECT YOUR IDENTITY

There have always been scammers out to empty your pockets, but with the age of the internet, they've managed to get even more clever into tricking you out of your cash.

Your identity is valuable, to You and a Crook! Fraudsters know this. They can use the information you share online to pretend to be you and apply for bank accounts, mobile phones, loans or a wide range of other products or services in your name.

As a victim of identity fraud, you might not realise you've been targeted until a bill arrives for something you didn't buy, or you experience problems with your credit rating, for example. To carry out this kind of fraud successfully, fraudsters usually have access to their victim's personal information, which they obtain in a variety of ways - such as through hacking and data loss, as well as using social media to put the pieces of someone's identity together.

Did you know 88% of fraudulent applications for bank accounts and financial products are made online?

So, what can you do? The answer is loads!... here's a few to be getting on with.

1. Close down any unused/dormant bank accounts & credit cards

How? Check this Banking industry site for lost accounts
http://www.mylostaccount.org.uk/aboutus.htm

Check your credit reference files for a 2 statutory fee or for FREE via Martin Lewis and Money Saving Expert at https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/creditclub

2. Unused/dormant Social Media profiles should be deactivated and deleted

How? Try this from Google (remember to tick all the boxes below where you enter your name)
https://www.social-searcher.com/google-social-search/

3. Check and close down unused/dormant email accounts

How? Try this from the USA
https://haveibeenpwned.com/

4. Use strong passwords and 2 factor authentication

How? Check this link to GetSafeOnline
https://www.getsafeonline.org/protecting-your-computer/passwords/

If you wish to discuss this or any other Crime Reduction advice, contact me on the details below


Paul CRUMPTON
Rural & Business Officer (Crime Prevention) HEREFORDSHIRE
West Mercia Police
Internal 4408
External 101 then 4408
07773-044781

Paul.crumpton@westmercia.pnn.police.uk


Date: 08/08/2018

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