Residents are reminded to keep their personal documents safe after a number of reports of scammers asking for copies of passports and driving licences. Essex Police have seen a recent trend in scammers requesting personal details which can be used to steal someone’s identity.
This has been linked to a number of different scams including:
• HMRC/National Insurance fraud where the criminal claims
they need your personal details to prevent prosecution or
reinstate your NI number.
• Computer software frauds where the criminal claims to be
from your internet provider. They take control of your
computer and say they need to take a photo of you and
your driving licence/passport to confirm your identity.
Requests for personal details should always be a red flag. You
should never provide this information unless you have
confirmed who you are dealing with.
To protect you information and your money, Take Five:
STOP – Taking a moment to stop and think before parting
with your money or information could keep you safe.
CHALLENGE – Could it be fake? It’s ok to reject, refuse or
ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic
PROTECT – If you have provided personal details to
someone over the phone and you now believe this to be a
scam, contact your bank, building society and credit card
company immediately and report it to Action Fraud at
www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.
This information was provided via Essex Police’s Fraud Alert Newsletter no.35