Identity Theft Resources
Below are links to identity theft resources and organizations
that can help you.
We recommend that you obtain your credit file and check it at least
once a year, preferably once every four months. You can get access to
your credit file from any of the three credit reference agencies listed
below. Some also offer consumers secure online access to their credit
Call Credit – http://www.callcredit.plc.uk/
Equifax – http://www.equifax.co.uk/
Experian – http://www.experian.co.uk/
One of the must have tools against identity theft is a paper
shredder. We recommend that you shred everything you intent to throw
away. You can view a large range of affordable
shredders from the multi award winning ABT. Call 0800 389 1304
Below are more identity theft resources. These organisations provide
general advice and information about identity fraud.
APACS – One of APACS's
key responsibilities is co-ordinating a whole range of activities to
tackle payment-related fraud.
Financial Services Authority – Fraud can take a variety of forms
including phishing, skimming, carousel fraud, identity theft and advance
fee fraud. It falls within the FSA's statutory objective of reducing
the risk of financial crime and also impacts on their consumer protection
objectives. Click here to get the latest information on finance-related
scams and swindles.
CIFAS – The UK's
Fraud Prevention Service provides information about identity fraud and
how to apply for protective registration.
If you suspect you are a victim of identity theft and would like to
report the theft or loss of mail and important documents like a passport
then contact the following.
Royal Mail – Royal Mail
Customer Services provides a host of options to re-direct your mail
and to report the loss or theft of any mail. Follow the link for Customer
Identity and Passport Service –
should you need to report a lost or stolen passport.
If your driving licence has been lost or stolen then contact the Driver
and Vehicle Licensing Agency.