Keep your eye on the ball for personal data

Let's hope they keep their eyes on the ball better!

Let’s hope they keep their eyes on the ball better!

We often speak about the importance of being careful where and with whom you share certain personal information and data, so that you don’t run the risk of it falling into the hands of unsavoury types who might then use it for fraudulent purposes.

You wouldn’t expect to see your passport number floating around on social media – which is what last week befell members of the England football squad shortly about to embark on their campaign in Brazil.

It turns out that the team sheet circulated in the Miami media centre, prior to England’s warm-up match against Ecuador last week, contained each player’s name, date of birth and passport number.

The team sheet was unwittingly tweeted by one of England’s sponsors, though swiftly subsequently deleted – but not before it had been re-tweeted numerous times.

There was more- the signatures of skipper Frank Lampard, who had signed off the team list, and director of England team operations Michelle Farrar, were also visible on the list.

Keeping a close eye on our personal credit information is important, and there are a number of simple things we can all do to help protect our identities online, and help avoid becoming a victim to identity theft.

Think about how much information you really need to share on social media, as fraudsters can use personal details like date of birth, age, maiden names or even seemingly unimportant information like your children’s or even pet’s names to guess private passwords or PINs.

Your credit report can highlight irregularities such as suspect applications for credit and rises in card balances. As a CreditExpert member you can get unlimited views of your Experian credit report, which shows credit activity in your name so you can spot potentially fraudulent activity.

Our web monitoring tool will monitor the internet for mentions of your personal information 24/7, sending you an instant notification if your information is found somewhere new online. This helps ensure you can take immediate steps to resolve any potential fraudulent activity before you are negatively affected.

Former England goalscoring-hero-turned-TV-presenter Gary Lineker did see the funny side, joking ruefully: “England have never lost a World Cup in which the players’ passport numbers were on a pre-tournament friendly team sheet.”

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