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How identity fraud affects you

Identity fraud is one of the fastest-growing crimes of the 21st century. Opportunist and organised criminals get hold of their victims’ personal information and then borrow money or run up debts in their names.

Use the advice here to find out who identity thieves target, what information they use, how to protect yourself — and why checking your credit report regularly is such an effective tool in fighting identity fraud that it’s recommended by the government:

Protecting your identity - 10 ways to keep your identity safe

Identity theft risks - How at risk is your identity?

Stolen identity help - What to do if your identity is stolen

Who is high risk - Are you one of the people at the highest risk of identity theft?

Social networking scams - Watch out what information you give away on social networking sites

Staying safe online - Tips on how to protect yourself from ID fraud

How identity fraud happens - 10 most wanted items on an identity fraudster's wish list

Identity protection tips - Top tips to protect yourself from identity fraud

Safe social networking - Five ways to stay safe

Identity theft research - ID fraud hot spots revealed

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