Protecting your identity involves putting measures in place to keep your personal details secure, as well as knowing what to do if you become the victim of identity fraud.
Identity theft is when someone steals your personal details – such as your name, government ID, or passport details – in order to commit a crime or fraud.
It often involves someone impersonating you, using your personal information to open bank accounts, withdrawing money from your accounts, or even taking out loans in your name.
It's important to be alert to the signs of identity theft and fraud. You may find this guide helpful: Beware of scams and fraud.
If you are the victim of identity fraud you should report the crime to the police. It may help to obtain a crime number, or a copy of your police report, to give to creditors and credit agencies as evidence of your situation.
You should also consider: