theft is a real problem.
If you have EVER
South African Green Identity book you must report the theft to the
South African Police Service and report the theft to the SAFPS at
What is Identity theft?
Anyone using a form
of your identity (information that is personal and linked to you)
without your permission.
The identity then be used:
- to impersonate you,
- to enter into fraudulent transactions on your behalf,
- to get you into trouble!
How can an identity be stolen?
Identity theft is NOT limited to the Internet.
examples of identity theft include:
Do's and Don'ts
- Forging a Signature
- on a cheque or a credit card.
- PIN Theft - to make unauthorised withdrawals.
- Taking a copy of your credit card and making a duplicate.
plates - Stealing your number plate and using it on a stolen vehicle.
- Fraudulently opening
account and using the credit against your name!
- creating a website that looks like the legitimate web site to get you
your personal information.
- Weak passwords!
Do keep a list of your bank accounts, insurance policies, websites
(user name and password) in a SECURE place.
Don't throw out your bank statements or other private information
without first destroying the paper document. It is always a good idea
to shred or burn the paper document.
Don't EVER click a link on an
email rather type the link directly into your browser and NEVER
fill in personal information!
is good practice to rather look up the number in the phonebook, and
phone the sender and ask them what they want - We know this is a pain -
but it will protect you from the scam artists.
Don't EVER fill in any on line form unless you are sure the
is encrypted (the little padlock on the bottom right hand corner of
AND they have validated your identity - anyone can post a form
ask for your information ...
Don't disclose your information over the phone to
Don't subscribe to all the marketing material when
you fill in forms if it is on the Internet or on a paper form - always
Do make sure that your passwords are non trivial - never use
"password", use a combination of words and numbers. NEVER use less than