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Tips on beating identity fraud

Written by    Last updated: September 5, 2007

It’s easy for personal information to fall into the wrong hands. Taking some quite simple precautions can protect your identity from being stolen by someone else…

Emails

Delete emails from unknown sources without opening them.

Firewall

Use a firewall on your computer to prevent others from accessing your data.

Passwords

Avoid using obvious passwords such as relating to your name.

Statements

Regularly monitor your credit report to make sure that everything is in order.

Bin bags

Shred and destroy anything containing personal information before throwing it away.

Phone

Never give out personal details over the phone.

Cards

Never let your debit or credit card leave your sight.

PIN numbers

Don’t keep a record of PIN numbers in your purse or wallet; memorise them.

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