Sunday, February 19, 2006

Identity Fraud: Misplaced Hysteria?

Consumer Organisation Which? says policies insuring against identity fraud are not worthwhile. Policies cost around £7 a month. They work by making regular credit checks for patterns of unexpected borrowing.

The Daily Telegraph recommends taking the following action

• Shred personal documents – then bin them.
• Cancel unused credit cards. You can check your credit rating if you are unsure
• Don’t give personal infomation to anyone, however legitimate they may seem, without first confirming who they are and why they want the information
• Check your credit file regularly to see what information is held about you
• Check your financial statements; experts say few people regularly look at their current account and credit card statements to check transactions

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