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Published on October 25th, 2013 | by admin

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Identity Fraud – Don’t Let It Be You

Many of us have the perception that our chances of becoming victim to identity fraud are very unlikely, however studies show that it is one of the UK’s fastest growing crimes.

Consumer ID fraud occurs to an individual when their personal information is used by someone else without their knowledge to obtain credit, goods or other services fraudulently, whilst corporate identity fraud affecting businesses can encompass anything from stealing a corporate logo to setting up a false website.

The total loss to the UK economy of identity fraud is just over £1 Billion a year and worryingly, 24% of individuals in the UK have become victims to this common crime which is easily avoidable by taking simple preventative measures.

To highlight this pressing issue, The Post Office Shop is a proud supporter of the National Identity Fraud Campaign ‘Don’t Let it be You’.

The National Identity Fraud Campaign, with the support of TV personality Jenny Powell, is aiming to reinforce an overall awareness of ID fraud and convey how businesses and individuals can prevent it.

One of the most effective ways of dramatically reducing the risks is by immediately shredding unwanted documents containing company or personal information.

To an individual victim, the financial cost may be a shock, whilst the nature of the crime itself can also be a terribly traumatic experience which could take years to solve.

So, how do you reduce your risk of having your identity stolen? Fraudsters do go to the extent of rummaging through your bins, both at home and at work so ensure you shred all documents containing personal or confidential information. Smart people shred, confetti-cut and strip-cut shredders are particularly effective for protecting information.

Fellowes are one of the official partners of the National Identity Fraud Prevention Campaign alongside Action Fraud, Cifas, Equifax, Symantec Norton and get safe online. Here at the Post Office Shop we supply some of Fellowes most reliable shredders suited for the shredding requirements of both homes and businesses.

ID theft prevention and security in the workplace extends beyond merely the shredding of documents and throughout this campaign, we will be providing you with a wealth of invaluable hints and tips that will assist both you and your business in protecting your identity.

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