How to safeguard your identityBy Becky Barnes
July 03, 2012
Moneysupermarket said 61 per cent of victims first discovered their ID was stolen by checking their credit report.
The website suggests people check credit reports on a monthly basis as almost all financial applications made in their name will show up on your credit file.Bracknell one of worst towns for identity theft
As well as checking your credit report the website gives other tips of how to protect yourself, such as making sure you never share passwords or pins.
Nick Mothershaw, Experian director of identity and fraud solutions, said: “Criminals are more likely to take over an existing account to avoid stringent fraud checks built into the credit application process.”
It is also advised that you redirect post after moving.
People who move frequently are one of the groups most at risk.
People are advised to try to eliminate computer viruses as these can hack into your personal details and passwords.
It is also suggested that you limit information on social networks as this can be used falsely to use as your identification.
The price comparison site also suggests people check bank statements carefully, shred sensitive documents and investigate credit refusals.