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How can I prevent identity theft?
You can protect yourself from identity fraud by carefully deal with your identity, passport, ID card or driving license. Do not share your data and documents with the wrong people. Don’t make from your identity a “gift”.
10 Ways to Prevent Identity Theft
1. Keep your ID in a safe place
Stolen passports, ID cards and driving licenses are popular among criminals. That’s because original ID’s are more difficult to falsify. The scammer buys the identity of someone who looks like him online. It is difficult to check and detect this type of false identity fraud.
2. Secure your mailbox
When your mailbox is outside of your house, you should secure it against angling. They steal bank cards and PINs. Or payslips, annual statements and insurance papers. Provide a lock on your mailbox and stick a stiff brush behind the flap.
3. Give your digital accounts double security
Hackers can break into your computer or your account email or social media. That way, they steal personal information or send messages under your name. Protect your accounts with dual authentication. You will receive an additional verification code via text message or via an app. A scammer can not do anything without your phone, tablet or computer.
4. Be alert to chat tricks and phone calls
Scammers may call you and tell you they are an employee of a bank or business. Before you know it, you give them your login codes. Be alert to this. Tell them, you will call them back. Find the company’s phone number and explain who you are, how you were approached and what he has asked.
5. Buying or selling? Do not send copies of your ID card
Some scammers are advertising (online) with something you’d like to have, e.g. concert tickets, an accommodation, a nice job. Sometimes they ask you to send a copy of your ID or other documents. Don’t do that!In e-mails directly on a link to a login page
6. Don’t click directly on a link to a login page in emails
Scammers may send you a phishing mail. This is an email that looks like a mail from the government, a bank or another well-known company. In the email, they ask you for personal information or log in by clicking on a link. This link will take you to a fake website. Do not click on the link. Find yourself the right web address, for example, your bank and surf then directly to the service.
7. Prevent fraud with a copy of your ID
Organisations may request a copy of your identification. These copies are often protected very well, but not always. Fraudsters can open an online bank account or purchase a phone subscription with a copy of your identity. Make copies of your ID card unusable for scammers.
8. Use the KopieID app.
9. Destroy personal information in old documents or computers
Scammers can search through your trash to payslips, annual statements or insurance documents. Also, destroy data if you dispose of your old computer, tablet or phone, it may fall into the wrong hands. Shred or tear up old data, documents and thereby your identity and address.
10. Be careful on social media
Scammers may collect information about you via e.g. Google, Facebook or Twitter. They carefully collect everything about you and create a profile card of you. They then act on your behalf. Be therefore very careful about what you share through social media. Never show online pictures of your passport, ID card or driving license. Once online, always online, even when you’ve deleted your message for the eye.
I hope that I have helped you with my post about 10 ways to prevent identity theft.
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