With the high number of security breaches recently, this blog takes a look at how to prevent criminals from stealing private information...
As identity theft reached record highs last year, it’s about time we got serious about preventing criminals from stealing our confidential information.
The scale of the issue is highlighted by the fact that more than 4,000 NHS records were stolen in March this year alone, including names, date of births and national insurance numbers of staff members.
In addition, Fraud prevention specialists, Cifas have conducted research on 277 banks and businesses across the UK and have found that there were 172,919 recorded frauds in 2016 – the highest level since records began 13 years ago.
That’s why at Topwood we’re looking to raise awareness of identity theft and sharing some advice on how to avoid it by keeping your personal details safe and secure both on paper and online.
When we think of identity theft, it’s easy to just see it as the work of evil masterminds on action films using fake passports to foil the police, however in reality stealing a person’s private information isn’t a fictitious storyline, it’s real life and happens every day.
The impact of having your personal details stolen can be significant from people making purchases in your name to opening bank accounts, applying for credit cards or loans through to using your identity to traffic illegal items in or out of the country.
We’ve compiled some advice on how to prevent criminals from accessing your personal information in a bid to reduce the number of fraudulent incidents occurring.
If you believe you have become a victim of identity theft get in contact with victim support: www.victimsupport.org.uk. If you require a shredding service or further advice on keeping confidential information secure, contact a member of our professional team on: 0800 781 1066.