Reports of bin raiders is on the rise again.
What is a bin raider?
Bin raiding is where someone searches bins that are not theirs.
Bin raiders are looking for semi valuable items to clean up and sell on, or personal details.
A frequent problem associated with bin raiding is identity theft. This is where your personal information is used by someone else without your knowledge to commit fraud.
The information is often obtained from discarded documents scavenged and removed from waste and recycling bins, such as –
- bank statements
- credit card statements
- other forms of billing information
Information obtained can be used to fraudulently obtain –
- other forms of benefits and services
Identity fraud is one of the fastest growing crimes in the UK and according to Home Office statistics, an estimated 100,000 people are affected by this offence each year.
After talking with past victims of identity fraud and as one myself, I urge you not to put yourself through the same heartache and stress. Just by making a little effort you can make all the difference.
Don’t make their evil job easy for them! Shred every piece of paper which holds the slightest piece of information about you or your family.
It is most important to Shred anything that holds sensitive information within it. Such as Birthday Cards (with details about you have written inside), Old Debit/Credit and Loyalty Cards, Old Bills and Invoices, Junk Mail, Post-it notes or ANYTHING ELSE they can pull information from and use against you.
Criminals will take every tiny piece of information and build it up like a jigsaw of your life.
They will do everything they can to make you pay, in every way possible.
If you do not have the availability of a shredder, or you find your time to be precious and you don’t want to be sat in front of a shredder for hours on end, and you’re looking for an easier way to dispose of your data?
then speak to our team on our home and business shredding service.
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