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 Protect Your Identity.
 

This is one of the fastest growing forms of fraud.
Protect yourself against it.

 Points to remember.
1. Keep all your identity documents in a safe place, but not
together in one place. If you lose your ID, you can use your
passport as identification and vice versa.
2. Never let your ID documents out of your sight. If they are
handled by someone else, make sure you get your own one back.
3. If you lose them, notify the authorities without delay and apply
for new ones immediately before someone can use them
fraudulently.
4. If stolen, report it to the police and ask for a case number.
5. Make copies of your ID documents and keep them separately in
a safe place.
6. When asked to disclose personal information, make absolutely
sure you are dealing with a reliable company or person.
Remember a voice on the phone, a letterhead or an e-mail does not necessarily come from the person or establishment it claims to be.
7. Only disclose personal info when you initiated the contact and
once you are sure of the purpose of supplying the information.
8. Keep track of your bills and accounts and follow up if you do
not receive them.
9. Take care of your mail. Remove it from your post box promptly.
10. Be mindful of what you throw out as trash. Shred or tear up
personal details.
11. Do not leave personal details lying around where staff,
workmen or other visitors can have access to it.
12. If you move, change your address immediately on all accounts
and statements.
 Phishing.
Wikipedia describes phishing as a “criminally fraudulent process of
attempting to acquire sensitive information such as user names,
pass words and credit card details by masquerading as a
trustworthy entity…..”
Read more about it on www.wikipedia.com.
Enter the word “phishing” in the search block.
To prevent becoming a victim of phishing you must protect and
guard your personal details such as date of birth, ID, details of bank
and account numbers, etc.
 
1. Be careful what you reveal on social networks such as Face book. For example, reveal the day and month of your birthday by all means but leave out the year.
2. Do not reveal your ID number or residential address to e-mails,
sms- or phone enquiries, even if they claim to be your bank,
insurance company, etc.
3. Supply credit card details only to known entities where you have
initiated the contact and then only on a secure site.
   
 If you have lost your ID or Passport
Click here on www.safps.org.za and then click on “lost or
stolen ID or passport” on the right hand side of the screen on the square where you see the pictures of the documents and complete the details.
NB: In the event of theft you will first need to report it to the police to obtain a case number
   
 Your credit record.
Have your own credit record checked at least once
a year for irregular activity in your name by fraudsters.
According to legislation you are entitled to a free credit report
per annum from the major credit reporting companies.
Request your credit profile: see Ombudsmen on the money page.