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Protecting yourself from Identity Fraud

Protecting yourself from Identity Fraud

You will find your job online, but here are some basic precautions you need to take to make sure that no one steals your identity online. Your CV contains a lot of personal information, protect yourself when job hunting online.

For more information on how to create the perfect CV click here but make sure that you do not provide unnecessary personal details about yourself on your CV.

Information you should include:

  • Your postal address
  • Your home and mobile telephone numbers
  • Your education, skills and professional experience
  • Your desired salary
  • Details about your past and present employers – including whether or not you’d be happy for them to be approached for a reference about you before you are invited to an interview.
  • Details about your past and present achievements

Never give out the following details unless you know that they are going to a genuine employer and they personally request them:

  • Your passport number
  • National Insurance number
  • Driving licence
  • Credit card or banking details
  • Taxation references

There is also no obligation for you to provide information like your date of birth or age, gender, hair or eye colour, weight, height, marital status and the number of children you have. You should be extra cautious if you hear about job opportunities through unexpected emails. Stop and think about whether it’s likely this person will be contacting you and do some investigation into the organisation or individual to check they are legitimate before responding.

Never respond to phishing emails, which will give the impression that they are from legitimate organisations, but aren’t in reality. Many of them will ask for your user names and passwords or other private information.

Always remember not to worry too much. There are loads of great job hunting tools online for keeping you up to date with the latest job opportunities and thousands of new roles are advertised each day. Why not use LinkedIn for job hunting or have a look at the major UK job boards.

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