Police are reminding people to closely guard their personal information and be vigilant when discarding anything that contains personal information.
Police are aware of a number of reports were members of the public have been contacted and requested to produce a crime reference number, having been allegedly the victim of identity fraud. After further investigations, this is believed to be a scam and enquiries are continuing.
Personal information can be used by fraudsters to steal your identity and commit crime.Your information can be obtained from old documents such as bank statements, credit card bills and debit card receipts among others.
Everyone needs to be very careful when storing or disposing of personal information including details of bank or building society accounts, passports, driving licenses, credit card statements, and receipts from debit card purchases. And, if moving house remember to have your mail redirected and the relevant people informed of your change of address. Identify theft is a serious matter and people should review how they look after records of their personal details and should never disclose such information to any unauthorised persons.
Remember, be careful what you do with your personal information and who you give it to.
Anyone who has concerns, or information about this type of crime can contact their local Crime Prevention Officer on 0845 600 8000. Crime Prevention advice is FREE.