It Is Your Identity, You Must Protect It!

Identity Fraud can affect anybody – from a personal and a business perspective. Finding out that someone has stolen your identity is not just an inconvenience, it can be devastating. Don’t let it be you!

Keep it Confidential is an awareness campaign designed to help you protect yourself or your business from Identity Fraud – the world’s fastest growing crime.

Keep it Confidential is an initiative of leading security products company, Fellowes®, aiming to educate the community about the dangers of Identity Fraud.

So, what can you do to stay protected? This website explains ID Fraud, how it occurs and the steps that can be taken to protect yourself and your business from becoming a victim.

What is ID Fraud?

Identity Fraud occurs when personal or corporate information is used by someone else without their knowledge or consent to fraudulently obtain credit, goods and services and/or support other more serious criminal activities.

Finding out you are a victim of Personal Identity Fraud can be quite a shock. And while there’s no doubt that the risks for children and teenagers of cyber-crime are well known around the issue, what seems less of a focus for families is the risk of ID Fraud to the whole family – older generations – such as parents and grandparents and particularly 18-24 year olds. Every family is at risk of Identity Fraud and it’s important to take action to protect your wider family from attack, be it your partner, spouse, children and parents and grandparents too.

Corporate Identity Fraud occurs when a false corporate identity or another company’s identity details are used to support unlawful activity. This can be anything from stealing a corporate logo to setting up a false website. In such cases there can be substantial damage, not just to partners who deal with the company, but to the company’s most valuable asset – its brand.

Identity Fraud is a risk to all of us, both as individuals and as businesses, simply because we deal with so many pieces of information on a daily basis. All it takes is one mistake. A single second of complacency can result in years of self-justification, and endless explanations that it wasn’t you. Losing your identity to fraudsters can set off a chain reaction of damaging events for you, your family and your business. It could be as simple as a careless post on a social networking site, or an old bank statement thrown in the bin. Each small detail could help a fraudster build up a big enough picture of you, enabling them to commit fraud. Despite increasing awareness, the threat of Identity Fraud continues to be a significant community issue.