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An article about ID theft on Radio four this morning prompted us to share some information with you and to highlight help available for ARAG Family Legal Solutions policyholders.
The news report exposed an increase of 57% in the number of victims of identity theft last year from 94,500 victims in 2014 to 148,000 victims in 2015.

Research found that fraudsters scour social media websites to obtain personal data such as name, date of birth, address and bank details and it was claimed that " Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn had become a "hunting ground" for identity thieves". More than 85% of the frauds were carried out online.
Here's a link to the BBC news item which provides further links to articles about keep personal ID safe and the type of scams to guard against :

Here is another link that was mentioned on Martin’s Money Saving website to check if hackers have stolen your personal info. It allows you to find out if passwords, email addresses, your home address, phone numbers or your DOB have been exposed after the big hacks of the last few years (including the recent LinkedIn warning).

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