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.
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