Social networks have changed the way we connect with people online, but can you really trust who you’re talking to? Fraudsters will go to great lengths to get hold of your information. The more personal information you publish online, the more likely it is that a criminal will misuse it.
Cyber stalking, bullying and identity theft are real- they could happen to anyone. Real friends look out for one another, so limit the amount of information you share about your friends as well as yourself.
Be careful when you share personal information online. Consider who might see it and what could be used to commit fraud or other crimes.
Only connect with people you know in real life so you know you're only sharing things with those you can trust. Review your privacy settings regularly to help limit access to your online profile.
Think about what you're saying online; will you regret posting that comment later?
Dont be tempted to publish your date of birth, address, telephone number or location.
Criminals are interested in photos of your possessions and details they can obtain from them. Make sure you don't become a target for a break-in.
What you can do to protect your identity from fraudsters:
If you think you have fallen victim to online fraud or identity theft, please call us as soon as possible:
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We guarantee to refund your money in the unlikely event you experience fraud with our Internet Banking service – as long as you’ve been careful, for example, by taking reasonable steps to keep your security information safe.
Find out more about how to protect yourself online