Did You Know?
Once a victim of identity theft, you could spend an average of £1,190 and 175 hours to get your life back on track. Though that statistic may be alarming, you can stay one step ahead of identity thieves with the following safety precautions.
- Retrieve your post every day—do not let it build up.
- Drop outgoing post, especially bills and other payments, into a secure, locked postbox.
- Pay attention to when you should receive bills.
- When travelling, have your post held by Royal Mail or ask a neighbour to collect it for you each day.
- If you move home, notify Royal Mail of your new address.
- Don’t leave important post in an unsecured location, even if it’s a place you think things are secure.
Personal Items and Information Precautions
- Carry only what you absolutely need to, and keep an itemised list at home of what you carry.
- Provide your personal information to businesses on a ‘need to know’ basis only.
- Shred or destroy personal and financial documents that you do not want to keep.
- Monitor your credit report and regularly check your bank statements for any suspicious activity.
Identity thieves will steal your wallet, purse or laptop, pick through your post, dig through your rubbish, hack into your computer or stage email and telephone scams to obtain your personal information. They’ll stop at nothing to obtain as much personal and/or financial information about you as they can to take advantage of you for their own benefit. To thwart identity thieves, you must be diligent about protecting your personal property and information.