Your identity is a valuable asset and identity theft occurs when someone uses your personal identifying information and pretends to be you to fraudulently gain financial benefits.
Your personal identifying includes your name, address, date of birth, email address, passport number, driving licence, or bank account numbers, and online login and passwords.
Once thieves ‘steal’ this information, they can create another ‘you’ and may use it to commit and will then use it to open bank accounts, take out credit cards and apply for state benefits in your name, or even sell your information on the dark web.
It may be only discovered later down the line, when the damage is done, and can take a long time to resolve. Here are a few simple steps that you can take to protect yourself.
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