POLICE CRIME PREVENTION ADVICE:
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.