ON Red Nose Day Birkdale
Labour Club's line dancers joined Southport's Sainsburys to raise
money on Friday, 15 March 2012, for comic relief. The Sainsburys
saff put on fancy dress and ran a tombola, with support of the
dancers, who also preformed routines inside the store.
Thief' is no laughing matter in the real world!
THE latest comedy out this week, Identity
Thief, starring Jason Bateman puts a light hearted twist on identity
theft but free for life credit report service Noddle warns ID theft
is no laughing matter.
Provided by Callcredit Information Group, Noddle, the only free for
life credit report service in the UK, wants consumers to be aware of
the effects having your ID stolen can cause, and the importance of
not only protecting your identity to help prevent ID theft but also
checking your credit report regularly to help identify any
fraudulent activity early.
The new film Identity Thief, which is out on 22 March 2013, is about
a man who gets his identity stolen by a woman, and he tracks her
down in an attempt to get her to confess her crime, a piece of light
hearted comedy with a clear message reminding us how serious ID
theft can be. It's believed that identity theft affects 1.8 million
people every year and latest stats from CIFAS* revealed that 50 per
cent of all frauds identified during 2012 relate to the
impersonation of an innocent victim or the use of completely false
Tom Ilube, founder of Noddle, said:- "ID theft can devastate
lives and it's important to remember to help protect yourself from
thieves stealing your identity. Treat your personal details as you
would a valuable item and shred any documents that contain your
personal information, even name and address labels, before you throw
them away. You'd be surprised what little information a fraudster
needs to steal your identity."
In most cases consumers don't find out they've been a victim of a
stolen identity until they're turned down for a loan or credit card.
A copy of their credit report explaining the rejection may unveil
weeks or months of fraud.
Tom recently undertook a task for the BBC where he was given 2
pieces of information relating to a consumer and an hour to find out
as much as he could about the individual. He said:- "it was
surprising how much information an individual allows to be in the
public domain without thinking how it might be used. By just having
a person's name and town in which they live I was able to find out
their mother's maiden name, their date of birth and who their
favourite singer was, all of which could potentially be used by a
Below are a few tips on how to avoid being a victim and
keeping your identity safe:-
1. Limit the information you provide on social ne2rking sites and
activate tough privacy settings
2. Protect your internet enabled device with the latest firewall and
make sure it's protected by anti-virus and anti-spyware programmes
3. Never share your passwords and try not to use family names, the
best passwords include capital letters, numbers and non alphanumeric
characters e.g. #. %.
4. Make sure the websites you use are secure; look out for the
https:// at the start of the web address and the closed padlock icon
in your browser
5. Beware of 'phishing' emails taking you to fake
websites set up to steal your identity
6. Regularly check your bank, credit card and other financial
statements for items you don't recognise and check your credit
report for free online:-
7. Investigate any credit refusal – it could be an indication that
your credit score has been damaged by fraud
Tom continued:- "We know that sometimes customers forget, or
don't have time, to check their credit report regularly for
suspicious activity so to help them protect their personal details
such as email address, credit cards and bank account details, Noddle
has developed Noddle Web Watch."
Noddle Web Watch scours the internet 24/7 monitoring web pages, chat
rooms, bulletin boards and file sharing sites for any indication
that an individuals personal details are being traded of sold
fraudulently, and alerts the customer if they are. This new product
can help Noddle's customers protect their identity and ensure they
don't become a victim of identity theft.
* CIFAS 2012 Fraud
* BBC Breakfast - Webwise - Video
1 - Video