Due to the nature of my work and because I do
quite a bit a vast amount of online shopping, so many of my personal details are scattered about on the net. I feel that now is definitely the time to start seriously thinking about protecting myself by doing anything I can to help prevent ID fraud. Where to start!? Luckily for me, I have just been introduced to the The People’s ID Bot Project – Did you know that around 4 million people in the UK have been victims of identity fraud, which has cost the average person over £1100 to as much as £9,000 per case. Let’s help spread the word and protect as many people as possible… Those naughty fraudsters need stopping in their tracks!
There’s never a good time to find out your details have been pinched by someone else, but typically for us, our bad luck hit whilst we were taking a relaxing break in another country. Thankfully, it was on the last day of our holiday in Croatia, some years ago. If it had been at the beginning we’d have been a bit stuck! Alex kept receiving calls from a withheld number and after ignoring it for most of the day, he decided enough was enough and picked up. It was his bank and they wanted to quiz him about suspicious spending on his card. Eek!
Much as we’d have loved to have visited the variety of spas in Barbados that were showing up on his bank statement, alas we hadn’t been to any and at that time, were sunning it up on the Dalmation coast, using his card as sparingly as possible. Alex had been the victim of fraud and this naturally meant his card had to be instantly cancelled, leaving us with nothing but a very small amount of loose change to spend on the last day of our trip. Of course, this was the only occasion we decided to take one card between the two of us. Fail.
He was lucky this time round and his bank were able to recover the lost cash, but it certainly wasn’t a pleasant experience. Who knows how his details were obtained, or who the culprits were, but the experience made us think about how we could avoid this happening again in future… Then we did what the vast majority of people do – Moved on and totally forgot to do anything about it. Hmm.
With more and more cases of ID fraud happening all of the time, it really is time to act now. To help a few of my readers protect themselves, The People’s ID Bot Project have kindly given me ten codes for a whole year’s free subscription to IdentifyProtect – Giving you the chance to scan, detect and be instantly alerted when any data you’ve asked them to monitor is exposed, shared, mis-used or sold (find out more HERE).
If you would like one of these codes to help you prevent ID fraud, then simply enter via the rafflecopter below. You know the drill. Good luck!
5 things you should do to keep safe online (but probably don’t)
This is a sponsored post, but we all really do need to protect ourselves from
ID fraud, and I for one am glad the The People’s ID Bot Project exists.