|Protect Yourself Against Identity Fraud|
Police issue guidelines to prevent becoming a victim
It has come to light that identity theft is very much alive and thriving in the local area.
With reported incidents on the rise, one resident of Monmouth Close told ChiswickW4.com "We have now seen the same chap three times going through our communal bins and taking away paperwork. We called Chiswick police the second time and they told us to call 999 if we saw him again as they need to catch him in action. They also told us that this man is already known to them and lives in Ealing."
"We have just seen him again today and called 999 - he has gone now though - and I'm sure that the Police have to respond to matters in order of priority. We will now have a camera ready to catch him in action and if everyone was to look out maybe something could be done to eradicate these parasites."
Identity theft is the unlawful taking of another person’s details without their permission. The information stolen can can range from a copy of birth certificate to copies of discarded bank or credit card statements and utility bills and be used to obtain financial services goods and other forms of identification i.e. Passports and Driving Licences.
Once the criminals have copies of someone’s identity they can embark on criminal activity in their name with the knowledge that any follow up investigations will not lead automatically to them. With your details they can obtain documents that are in essence real but containing false information thus making it difficult for organisations to known who they really are dealing with.
PC Tim Scrimshaw of Southfield Safer Neighbourhood Team said "Several people have stated that they have seen people going through rubbish and taking personal discarded documentation. I have been forwarded a website by the crime prevention office which is worth looking at if you have any concerns - www.met.police.uk/fraudalert"
Guidelines taken from the Met's website include:
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September 18, 2006