National Identity Fraud Prevention Week
It is estimated that over 18 million UK households could be failing to protect themselves from identity fraud. To combat one of Britain’s fastest growing crimes the 3rd-ever National Identity Fraud Prevention Week will be launched from 17th – 23rd October.
The purpose of this awareness drive is to warn of the dangers of identity fraud and outline simple steps that anybody can take to protect themselves. National Identity Fraud Prevention Week is an initiative launched by leading UK organisations: including the Metropolitan Police, Crimestoppers, CIFAS and Fellowes to name a few.
Identity fraud occurs when a criminal uses somebody else’s personal information or pretends to be someone else in order to fraudulently obtain goods, services, or other financial advantages, such as benefits.
Identity fraud includes using stolen credit cards, stealing credit card account details without actually having the card itself, taking over someone else’s bank account or setting up fake bank accounts, or even securing a passport in someone else’s name.
It is known that organised criminal gangs operating in and around Britain pay bin raiders for each document that contains an individual’s personal details. They then use this information against the victim to create a “credit clone”.The National Identity Fraud Prevention Week is aimed at bringing attention to some of the steps that can be taken to protect yourself from identity theft and these include:
Don’t forget that prevention is better than cure.