PO­LICE CRIME PRE­VEN­TION AD­VICE:

Waihi Leader - - News -

Tips to pro­tect your­self against iden­tity theft:

■ Don’t give out per­sonal in­for­ma­tion over the phone, per­son­ally or on a com­puter un­less you are cer­tain that the per­son or or­gan­i­sa­tion you are giv­ing it to is le­git­i­mate.

■ Never write your PIN for your bank and credit cards on the cards or on any doc­u­ment or pa­per in your wal­let.

■ Lock your let­ter­box and if you stop re­ceiv­ing mail con­tact New Zealand Post as it may have been redi­rected.

■ Dis­pose of per­sonal in­for­ma­tion se­curely — shred pa­pers, wipe/re­move com­puter hard drives be­fore sale or dis­posal.

■ Min­imise the amount of iden­ti­fi­ca­tion doc­u­ments that you carry around, in­clud­ing what you leave in your car on a daily ba­sis.

These are valu­able items.

■ Check bank and credit card state­ments for unau­tho­rised trans­ac­tions.

Re­port any dis­crep­an­cies or unau­tho­rised ac­tiv­ity to the bank or card is­suer im­me­di­ately.

■ Be very wary of how much per­sonal in­for­ma­tion you post on pub­licly ac­ces­si­ble web­sites. Per­sonal in­for­ma­tion can be mis­used in many ways by iden­tity thieves, some of whom trawl web­sites.

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