ID FRAUD - A
WE'RE far more likely to
protect ourselves and our partners from the risk of ID fraud than
our parents, grandparents or even our children, according to new
As part of an annual awareness campaign, called:- 'Don't let it be
you', head of households are being urged to be aware of the
impact of personal identity fraud, on the wider family, as National
Identity Fraud Prevention Month started on 1 October 2013.
The initiative, set up by a taskforce of organisations from the
public and private sector, is embarking on a month-long drive to
help combat identity fraud in the UK.
Supporting partners include:-
Norton by Symantec,
Get Safe Online and
The new research sought to find out how aware a total family unit is
of the ID fraud risks that might affect it. While there's no doubt
that the risks for children and teenagers of cybercrime are well
known, what seems less of a focus for families is the risk of ID
fraud to the whole family; the older generations; parents and
Perhaps not surprisingly, the research reveals that 68% of adults
will actively take steps to protect their spouse or partner from ID
fraud, making sure personal information about them both online or in
paper form is kept safe. However, nearly two thirds would not do the
same for their parents and only 25% will look after their
grandparents in this way. 49% will take steps to protect their
children by making sure documents containing important family
information are kept safe or destroyed securely.
ID Fraud is when a criminal takes someone's personal details and
uses them to obtain credit or make a purchase fraudulently.
The impact can be immediate financial loss and a negative credit
rating with it sometimes taking many months to resolve the
situation. And that's only after the fraud has been detected which,
for some groups of society, such as the older generations, may not
occur for some time.
The impact of identity fraud can also extend to other members of a
family if they have joint finances and are living at the same
address. It can therefore have a devastating impact on both the
victim and their wider family.
TV presenter Jenny Powell is supporting the campaign. She has been a
victim of identity fraud twice in recent years and is now much more
aware of the risks, both to her and her wider family.
Jenny said:- "Both my business and personal accounts were
accessed in 2 separate attacks by fraudsters who took £4,000 then
£6,000 and I have no idea how they did this. I'm not very
computer-friendly so I don't bank online and like many busy working
mums, I'm not great at checking or filing my bank statements. Before
this happened, I would leave my bank statements lying around and I
wouldn't have paid too much attention to my identity information or
confidential details that could put myself or other members of my
family at risk. I only found out that my bank accounts had
been hacked because on each occasion the bank spotted suspicious
behaviour on the account and called me. If they hadn't, I would have
had no idea until I went to draw out the money and it was gone.
Everyone needs to protect their personal information as the
consequences can be devastating. As parents we've all got to be
smarter about protecting important family information and better at
mitigating the risk of ID fraud. People should be extra careful who
they share their details will, online, offline and in person. There
are some simple steps that everyone can take, like installing online
security software, protecting mobile devices with passwords which
are changed regularly and shredding documents which contain
sensitive information before throwing them away."
Neil Munroe, External Affairs Director of Equifax and a spokesperson
for the campaign, explains the risks further:- "Every adult
member of a family is at risk from ID Fraud. It's important that
head of households take action to protect their wider family, not
just themselves, but their partner or spouse, adult children and
parents and grandparents too. And taking precautions against
personal identity fraud shouldn't just focus on those living in your
house right now. Head of households need to think carefully about
who in their family still uses the 'home' address. For
example, young adults who may have just moved out to go to work or
university, siblings sharing a property and parents and even
grandparents who used to live there or have stayed there for any
period of time and still use the address as their main residence."
Credit information for family members with shared financial
agreements will be linked by lenders when looking at new credit
applications. If one member of a family has been victim to identity
fraud and their credit history has been affected as a result, this
could affect other members of the family too if they already have
joint financial agreements.
Young adults are particularly at risk from ID fraudsters. The 18 to
24 years age group is more likely to live in shared accommodation,
like halls of residence, shared houses and flats with communal
postal areas which are more vulnerable to opportunistic fraudsters.
Of the 18 to 24 year olds questioned by researchers, only 34% feel
their personal information could be vulnerable to ID fraud when
items of post get lost and only 41% worry about stolen identity
documents. Yet, a whopping 62% of this group admit that they do not
take any steps to protect themselves from identity fraud and fewer
(43%) see online social sites as a vulnerability.
The research also shows that older generations are neglected by
their wider family when it comes to protecting their personal
identities despite the fact that those aged 45 and over are more
conscious of the ways in which ID fraudsters can target victims.
36% of all those surveyed also admitted that they don't bother to
implement basic security measures like shredding confidential
documents containing family details.
Women are much more conscious than men when it comes to
understanding the ways in which ID fraudsters can target victims and
tend to look after members of the family, more so than men, when it
comes to taking active steps to protect them.
People who want to know more about this issue can visiting an online
resource 'Don't let it be you' which aims to raise awareness
of the threat of the issue of personal identity fraud and to arm all
consumers with advice, guidance and support to reduce the levels of
When it comes to identity fraud, prevention is always key The
online resource is packed with top tips for individuals to protect
themselves such as:-
Always check all financial statements against receipts.
► Continuously monitor credit status.
► Subscribe to an alerts service to
indicate when a financial product is applied for in your name.
►Protect all your mobile devices
with passwords and regularly change passwords often.
► Install online security software.
► Shred all document that contain
sensitive information using a cross-cut shredder before throwing
► Look into any mail that does not
arrive when you are expecting it.
For more tips and advice on how to prevent identity
fraud, plus keep up with campaign highlights and news, why not visit
the campaigns website:-
able to ski again after pioneering radiotherapy treatment
DON Taylor (82) used to be
a professional skier and refused surgery after being diagnosed with
rectal cancer because he didn't want to have a stoma, which would
result in him being unable to ski. Don had a consultation with
Professor Myint at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre and was told he
was suitable for the Papillon technique, a contact radiotherapy
procedure developed for the treatment of rectal cancer. He underwent
the procedure and is now fit and well and able to ski again. He goes
to Austria every year to ski and after getting the all clear, he has
now started taking his grandchildren alon. At 82 he's still very
active and also loves to ice skate and swim regularly.
The Papillon technique was
introduced to the UK in 1993 by Professor Arthur Sun Myint and 20
years on, The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre is the only place in the
UK to offer the procedure. The treatment means patients have a
better quality of life as they don't require major surgery and the
procedure itself takes a matter of minutes. The number of patients
undergoing the procedure has also risen by 300 per cent as Professor Myint and his team continue to raise awareness of the benefits.
Papillon is recommended for early stage rectal cancer patients who
are not fit enough for general anaesthesia. One of the primary
benefits of the treatment is that it avoids patients needing to have
surgery which can result in the need for either a temporary or
Hall's Wing Restored After 60
WORK on restoring a fire hit wing of
Liverpool's Croxteth Hall has been completed; meaning the Hall can
be fully used for the first time in more than 60 years.
The Queen Anne or South West wing of the Hall was hit by a blaze in
December 1952. The fire gutted much of the wing's interior and it
has remained out of bounds since then.
two of the rooms, next to the Old Dining Room, have been restored
and brought back into public use in a £400,000 programme, funded
through the Croxteth Estate Endowment Trust Fund.
The new function suite has been carefully designed to complement the
existing Hall room. It involved major structural work, plastering,
the installation of wood panelling, new windows and lighting along
with a major decoration scheme and the provision of additional
function facilities. The work also included a new entrance Hall,
toilets and cloakroom area.
The Hall's Library and Old Dining Room along with the restored rooms
will be used for weddings, conferences and other functions. There
have been several bookings already for events using the restored
It is estimated that at least £140,000 a year will be raised through
the additional facilities at the Hall.
Joe Anderson, the Mayor of Liverpool, said:- "Not only are we
bringing a historic building back into full use we will be
generating much-needed income for the city.
This restoration programme will pay off many times over especially
as it was paid for out of an endowment fund, meaning it did not add
anything extra to our budget. It is a great example of how we are
investing to earn. Croxteth Hall is a major asset for Liverpool and
this work opens it up to an even wider audience."
Councillor Peter Mitchell, Mayoral lead on parks and open spaces,
said:- "Croxteth Hall is a real jewel in Liverpool's heritage.
The Queen Anne wing is generally regarded as the most interesting
part of the building but it has never been fully open to the public
so it is great that they will finally be able to access it 60 years
after it was badly damaged.
The only sad part about this situation is that the former chef at
the Hall, Raymond Lempereur who raised the alarm about the fire,
died before he could see the work completed although he was able to
see it start."
Croxteth Hall is a Grade II listed building and the former home of
the Earls of Sefton. The Queen Anne wing dates from the early
Work on its restoration was carried out by Nobles Construction Ltd.
NEXT OF KIN APPEAL - CLIVE WAUGH
THE Sefton Coroner's Office
are now appealing for the public's help in tracing the next of kin
of a Southport man who died recently. Clive Waugh died in his flat
on Scarisbrick Street, Southport on Saturday, 28 September 2013. His
death is not being treated as suspicious. Mr Waugh was 68 years old
and had, until recently, been employed as a cleaner in Southport. Mr
Waugh's family, or anyone who knows them, are asked to call the
Sefton Coroner's Office on:- 0151 777 3480.