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Digitally-savvy users most likely to be victims of fraud

Credit Card Security ConceptYou might think that a deep knowledge of all things techie might help protect people against identity theft, but according to new research from Experian* tech-savvy consumers are much more likely to be victims of ID fraud compared to other, less technologically-literate users. 

The study found that the most digitally-savvy group – the most prolific users of mobile and social technology – made up almost a quarter (23 per cent) of all ID fraud victims in 2015. This group also saw the biggest increase in ID theft over the past year, rising by 16.7 per cent over the previous 12 months.

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Keep your personal information safe online

Protect your personal information online

Protect your personal information online

While most of us are getting better at protecting our personal information online, the amount of illegally traded information online is going up and up.

An independent study commissioned by Experian has found that more than 110 million pieces of data have been bought and sold by criminals so far in 2014, an increase of 40% from last year alone and 300% on the total amount traded in 2012.*

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5 tips to beat the online cyber-criminals

Keeping a close eye on our personal credit information is important

Keeping a close eye on our personal credit information is important

The recent warnings from the National Crime Agency about the possibility of imminent threats from malware have really brought home the importance of staying protected online.

Experian research found a 37% increase in confirmed fraud cases identified by the Experian Victims of Fraud service in 2013 since the year before*. Of 20,000 suspected fraud cases investigated, 12,740 cases were confirmed to be fraudulent, with big increases in account takeover fraud (up 123% from 110 to 246 cases a month), loan fraud and mobile/communications account-related fraud.

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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.

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How to stay safe shopping online

Keeping a close eye on our personal credit information is important

Keeping a close eye on our personal credit information is important

We spend much of our lives online, but it’s important that this doesn’t give us a false sense of security.

It doesn’t take much to get hold of enough information to steal your identity. A stray envelope, an old catalogue, a bank statement or the contents of your wallet provide vital information that a criminal can use to pose as you and commit identity fraud, by borrowing money and potentially running up debts in your name.

That’s why keeping a close eye on our personal credit information is so important.

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