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Experts are warning people in the South West to protect their phones or face being a victim of identity fraud. David Wood reports.
If you are worried about identity fraud, you can reduce the risk:
If you use social networking sites, limit the amount of personal information you give away and activate tough privacy settings.
Only enter your personal details into secure websites (look for https:// at the start of the website address and a closed padlock symbol on your web browser window), belonging to organisations you know and trust.
Check the credentials of anyone asking for your personal information, whether by phone, face-to-face or over the internet. If in doubt, don't do it!
Shred any documents that contain your information before you throw them away.
For more information on protecting yourself from identity fraud click here
Hustler Paul Wilson says he's shocked so many people don't have decent passwords.
Annalaise Gibbons answered a seemnigly innocent phone call from her network provider but she was infact speaking to fraudsters.
Within days her phone stopped working. She was on holiday at the time and assumed she had no reception.
Annalaise's case is just one of the many ways con artists can steal our information ultimately costing us money.
Experts are warning people in the South West to protect their phones or face being a victim of identity fraud.
It comes after new figures revealed:
Only 38% of people in Bristol have a passcode that locks their phone.
40% don't have any anti-virus or safety software on their devices.
53% of people in the city would answer a call from an unknown number.
And 10% of Bristolians wrongly believe if they have an Apple device they can't get a virus.