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Police Warn of Identity Theft

Police in Highland Perthshire are warning local people about the dangers of identity theft, some locals have received bogus emails and dodgy phone calls.

They’re reminding locals to become more cautious about who and why they share their personal and sensitive information, such as bank details and address lines.

Chief Inspector, Graham Binnie, said: “Here are a few ways which these criminals work, they search through rubbish to find bills or bank statements, they target flats where shared mailboxes make theft easier, they bribe or rob postal workers or purchase the information from other criminals
They search through unattended bags.”

  • Keep all your important documents safe and secure
  • When using a credit or debit card, make sure it’s never out of your sight
  • Cash machines may have been tampered with. Your cards could be skimmed and cloned
  • Never give out your personal details when you’re contacted by phone, fax, post or email
  • Always offer to ring back any suspicious callers but check the phone number you are given
  • When throwing out documents which contain personal information try to shred them so that nobody could read your personal details
    Always check your bank and credit card statements. Report any transactions you don’t recognise, even small amounts
  • Close all accounts you no longer need
  • Move your mail when moving home by arranging with the post office to forward your mail to your new address
  • Get organisations to send to your new address

Added: “If you think you might be a victim of identity theft, don’t delay: Contact your bank or building society, keep a record of all communication, report the matter to the police and note the crime reference number, request a copy of your credit report (such as Equifax or Experian) – you can ask for incorrect information to be removed.”

More information can be found on: https://www.pkcommunitywatch.co.uk/

As well as: https://www.scotland.police.uk/advice-and-information/

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