|Information about Identity Theft
and Fraud in General
There is increasing amounts of information available to show how to
protect yourself from becoming a victim of identity theft, or to learn
more about fraud prevention in general.
Criminals commit identity theft by stealing your personal information.
This is often done by taking documents from your rubbish or by making
contact with you and pretending to be from a legitimate organisation.
Identity theft can result in fraud affecting your personal financial
circumstances. If your identity is stolen, you may have difficulty getting
loans, credit cards or a mortgage until the matter is sorted out. You can
check your credit rating by contacting any one of the three major credit
The Home Office Identity Fraud Steering Committee has a really useful
web site with useful tips as well as many useful web addresses to help
- How to protect yourself
- Tips on how to keep personal information secure
- What if it happens to you?
- How to get your credit file
- Who can help
- Consumer finance identity theft information
for the Home Office Identity Fraud Steering Committee web site.
The Nationwide Building Society also have a very comprehensive Security
section on their web site - click
here - with much useful information, including tips on PC and