Identity Fraud Prevention Week

18th October 2010

National Identity Fraud Prevention Week 18th-24th October


Identity theft is one of the UK's fastest growing crimes. Over four million people have already been affected by having their personal information used fraudulently to gain money, credit or other services such as passports. Businesses are also increasingly targeted by criminals seeking to use company information for financial gain.


National Identity Fraud Prevention Week has been set up to help raise awareness and to educate the public about how to protect themselves from identity crime. Suggestions include as shredding personal documents such as bank statements and refraining from revealing too much personal information online. These are published on www.stop-idfraud.co.uk, the website related to the week-long event which takes place from Monday 18th October.
Businesses are also at risk - criminals who have got hold of company details have set up fake websites and distributed fake emails to try to entice customers to disclose information. There have also been cases of company details being hijacked by fraudsters who then set up a false company to gain credit and goods illegally.
The Stop ID Fraud website has preventative strategies for businesses to prevent business identity fraud, such as tips on how employees should handle sensitive documents. Another method is to use a security shredding service from a reputable waste management company that will dispose of documents and other items securely.


Perrys Recycling offers two services for shredding confidential data - onsite or offsite. We can destroy data on the spot in our mobile shredding vehicle or we can collect items for destruction in our depots in Marston Magna and Bridgwater. Both services are approved and vetted to Information Destruction Standards BA EN 15713. Perrys Recycling is a member of the British Security Industry Association.


National Identity Fraud Prevention Week is supported by several partners, including the Metropolitan Police, National Fraud Authority, Federation of Small Businesses, the Identity and Passport Office, as well as credit agencies such as Equifax and Experian.

 

http://www.met.police.uk/fraudalert/
http://www.stop-idfraud.co.uk/
http://www.banksafeonline.org.uk/
http://www.identitytheft.org.uk/
http://www.met.police.uk/fraudalert/identity_fraud.ht

 

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