If you’re off to a festival this summer, take extra care to protect your personal belongings. And we don’t just mean your sunglasses and camera: fraudsters only need 3 items of personal information to steal your identity.
Avoid being the victim of identity theft
Here are some tips for staying safe:
– Take only the essentials with you. Take one debit/credit card as your main card, plus another as back-up in case one gets lost/stolen. Make sure you keep them separate from each other. Empty out your purse or wallet and leave the others at home
– Keep any ID cards (like your driving licence, passport or any card that contains personal information like date of birth or address) separate from your bank cards
– Make sure your smartphone is locked by a PIN. Your phone can provide fraudsters with access to a lot of personal details
– Don’t leave any valuables in your tent, and sleep with your ID cards / bank cards at the bottom of your sleeping bag
– Use designated lock-up areas if they’re available for your belongings when you’re not in your tent.
If the worst does happen and your ID cards and bank cards are stolen, make sure you have the phone number for your bank with you, so you can quickly cancel them.
Credit reference agency Equifax has also released an app, specifically to coincide with festival time, which will allow you to check your credit report immediately to see if there have been any suspicious transactions.
Don’t let the thought of having your ID cards and personal possessions stolen stop you from having a great time. By taking some simple precautions, you can greatly minimise the risk of fraudsters accessing your bank account and stealing your identity.