Identity fraud advice by phone

Published: Tuesday 19th October 10

Commuters at Clapham Junction will get advice on avoiding identity fraud sent straight to their mobile phones tomorrow (October 20).

Commuters at Clapham Junction will get advice on avoiding identity fraud sent straight to their mobile phones tomorrow (October 20).

Police and council community safety officers will be travelling around the borough giving tips on how to avoid becoming a victim.

This week is National Identity Fraud Prevention Week, and statistics show that parts of Wandsworth are among the country's worst-hit areas. Wealthy people and people who rent properties and move frequently are both more likely to be the target of fraudsters.

Officers will be at Clapham Junction Station between 8am and 5pm. They will be sending safety messages via Bluetooth straight to commuters' phones, handing out information leaflets, telling people about the threat of ID fraud and the simple steps they can take to protect themselves and demonstrating devices to make documents safe, such as shredders, special scissors and stamps.

Information stalls will also be at other locations, including:

  • Northcote Library from noon to 2pm
  • Battersea Library from noon to 2pm
  • Sainsbury's, Garratt Lane, from noon to 3pm
  • Macmillan Way, Heritage Park, Tooting from noon to 5pm
  • Daulton Place residential home, Heritage Park from 4pm to 6pm.

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