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Identity theft happens when fraudsters access enough information about someone’s identity (such as their name, date of birth, current or previous addresses) to commit identity fraud.
Fraudsters can use your identity details to:
• Open bank accounts.
• Obtain credit cards, loans and state benefits.
• Order goods in your name.
• Take over your existing accounts.
• Take out mobile phone contracts.
• Obtain genuine documents such as passports and driving licences in your name.
The first you know of it may be when you receive bills or invoices for things you haven’t ordered, or when you receive letters from debt collectors for debts that aren’t yours.
Protecting yourself against identity fraud
• Don’t throw out anything with your name, address or financial details without shredding it first.
• Check your statements carefully and report anything suspicious to the bank or financial service provider concerned.
• If you move house, ask Royal Mail to redirect your post for at least a year.
You can read more about identity fraud and how to protect yourself here: https://www.action