London, 10th April 2012 - ‘The Devil’s in Your Details’ campaign, launched by the National Fraud Authority, UK Payments and TUFF is focused on raising awareness of the value of personal information and the importance of protecting it. Supporting this campaign, leading ID fraud expert, Equifax, is urging consumers to treat their personal information like cash and stop and think before giving it out.
“As fraudsters get more and more unscrupulous and determined, consumers must remain on their guard and review the measures they are taking to protect their personal details,” advises Neil Munroe, External Affairs Director at Equifax. “After all, in an increasingly cash-less society, personal data is actually more valuable than cash! You wouldn’t leave your wallet lying open for anyone to take your cash - so don’t do the equivalent with your personal information. Don’t give it out unless you are 100% certain about who you’re giving it to.”
Recent Equifax research has revealed some key risks being taking by people with their identity information:
When it comes to your personal details consumers are recommended to:
If you have been a victim of fraud, notify CIFAS, which runs a Protective Registration service. A notice will be placed on your credit file informing lenders that you may be at risk of identity fraud on 0870 010 2091.
You can also call Action fraud for advice and support on 0300 123 2040 or visit their website www.actionfraud.org.uk.
* June 2010 - 931 respondents
** Analysis of the data made available by 173 Facebook friends August 2010
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