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How you could avoid Identity Fraud

Scary Monster Halloween Hands Use Laptop Computer with Blank ScrOnce online identity fraudsters have enough of your personal details, they can apply for credit in your name and run up debts without you knowing.

The number of victims of fraud has increased by 63% over the last 5 years, based on cases dealt with by the Experian Victims of Fraud team. In fact, 7% people of UK adults say their personal details have been used to commit fraud.*

What you can do if you suspect identity fraud
A first step is to contact Action Fraud – the UK’s national fraud and internet crime reporting centre, then inform a credit reference agency, such as Experian, as they hold your credit report.

If you are concerned that one or other of your online accounts has been compromised, then it is worth changing your password(s) to a new one as soon as you are able, and try not to use the same passwords for different accounts, especially those with financial information.

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Stay safe online on Cyber Monday

Shopping online? Do you know how to stay safe online?

Try out Experian’s fun new interactive quiz to find out how security savvy you are, which of our online security personas describes you best and get some great online safety tips along the way. This video shows you how it works. TAKE THE QUIZ NOW! 

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Video: What’s the ideal type of password?

We’ve got some top tips about how to choose a strong password that can help protect your identity online. Jayne from Experian Experts is joined by Joanna Fowler from Saga Personal Finance.

Online identity fraud: what you need to know

locked-laptop-300What is it?  Once criminals have enough of your personal details, they can apply for credit in your name and run up debts without you knowing.

Your full name, date of birth, current address and national insurance number, and the passwords and PINs to your bank accounts are among the things they are hoping to get hold of.

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