More than one in four of us living in the UK has fallen victim to an identity crime, losing on average £1,200 each*. The knock-on effects can also be huge, causing massive personal distress and inconvenience and taking up to 200 hours of a persons’ or businesses’ time to fix.
To add to the problem most people usually don’t know their personal information has been compromised until it is too late, finding that:
- money has been withdrawn from their bank account without permission
- a fraudulent passport or driving licence has been created in their name
- loans, mortgages or mobile phone contracts have been set up in their name.
The good news is there are a number of simple steps you can take to safeguard your personal information. To reach as many people as possible with this important advice the City of London Police/Action Fraud supported by the Metropolitan Police Service,Experian, Cifas, FFA UK, Get Safe Online and Cyberstreetwise, is running a national campaign to raise awareness of this problem. Please take the time to read the pages listed below. You can also download the leaflet to share with family and friends using the campaign hashtag #NotWithMyName