A recent Noddle survey has revealed that over one third of people (35%) think it’s likely they could be defrauded by being tricked into handing over personal information.
We found that:
- More than half of people (53%) admit to throwing away letters with personal information on them without shredding them first
- Nearly a quarter of people (23%) have loaned their credit card to someone else
- More than a fifth (22%) have saved their PIN on their mobile phone
- 16% admit to keeping their PIN written down in the same place as their card.
Whilst 9 in 10 people have concerns about the safety of their personal information, many are still not following the simple steps to protect themselves. In case you missed it over on our social media as part of Noddle Fraud Week we put together some flash cards to give a little insight into what our research found and some top tips to keep your personal data safe:
If that wasn’t enough there are only three types of common fraud that people can name:
- identity theft (76%)
- benefits fraud (67%)
- and phishing fraud (51%)
When it came to things like the ‘Lebanese Loop’ (a type of ATM fraud) or a ‘419 scam’ (where individuals are promised a significant sum of money for a small upfront payment) only 5% of people had heard of either.
Commenting on the findings, John Cannon, Fraud & ID Director, Noddle
“This is an issue impacting millions of people yet often, the first people hear of their identity having been stolen is when money is taken out of their bank account. One of the easiest and quickest ways to spot potential security breaches early is to regularly check your credit report, which can reveal activity that hasn’t been instigated by you. At Noddle we pride ourselves on being the custodians of your data – that’s why we’ve made it easier for you to access your personal credit information, making it simple to understand and easy to spot if something looks amiss.”
Otherwise, why not log in to your Noddle account now and check all your details appear as you’d expect them to?