The moving process is overwhelming and can often result in important tasks left by the wayside. However, it is essential that you take the necessary steps to protect your information.
Leaving your information to chance when moving home puts your identity at risk. Not everyone takes this advice to heart, and criminals use their victims’ information to steal their identities. The most recent Cifas report recorded a 41% rise in bank card fraud. A single misplaced letter can provide the personal information necessary for fraudsters to impersonate unsuspecting individuals. Noting that fraud-related losses totalled nearly £850 million in 2018, it’s clear that risking your information comes at too high a cost.
Identity theft is emotionally, as well as financially, draining. Individuals have reported feeling vulnerable, isolated and experiencing heightened levels of anxiety after becoming victims of crimes they didn’t even witness. With nearly 750,000 cases of fraud reported in 2019, it might seem impossible that an ordinary change of address notice could ensure your information stays safe. Still, the reality is if your bills come directly to your home, then no one else can read it. If you’re looking for reassurance that your information is secure, the best way to do that is simple: keep it current.
Updating your address details helps you keep your details accurate and consistent across service providers. When you keep your details accessible to you, you keep your identity away from suspicious activity.
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