I’m a man in my 40s – so it turns out that, alongside all the other things I’ve got to worry about, I’m the most likely of anyone to be a victim of identity fraud.
Our Victims of Fraud report shows that 60% of victims are men, and 40% women. And the average age of a victim is 42. What’s more, life’s not going to get any easier. The number of older people being targeted by ID fraudsters is on the rise – particularly those near or at retirement.
Who ID fraudsters are targeting
Source: Victims of Fraud survey, March 2010.
How to protect yourself
I can see why 42 year olds get targeted. I’ve got two young children, so I know how hard it is to organize them, let alone keep track of every scrap of paper with personal information that a fraudster could exploit.
But working for ProtectMyID, I see all sorts of horror stories about people having bills of £000s run up in their names. So here are two ways I make sure I protect my identity from fraud:
- I’ve got a shredder, and I shred all personal documents. We genuinely hear of cases where ID fraudsters have gone through bins looking for statements with information they can use.
- I change my passwords regularly – and while I have their photos stuck on my monitor, I don’t use my kids’ names or birthdays (or anything else obvious) as passwords.