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Protect yourself from identity theft

 

Simple steps to stop an identity thief in their tracks

Identity theft occurs when someone uses your name and personal details to open new accounts or take over your existing account. The result? Inconvenience, cost and potentially even temporary damage to your credit rating.

 

Fortunately, there are a number of easy ways you can avoid identity fraud.

Check out our top tips to stay ahead of the fraudsters.

 

 

 

How to prevent ID theft?

 

Security - Identity theft

Monitor your Account regularly

 

  • Check your statements thoroughly. Our online services make it easy.
  • Stay up to date with our regular Account alerts. Download the Amex app to get instant notifications about purchases made with your Card.
  • See something you don't recognise? Contact us right away.
identity theft - keep card safe

Keep your Card safe 

 

  • Never let anyone else use your Card. 
  • Sign the back of new Cards straight away.
  • Always destroy expired Cards.
  • Let us known as soon as you can if your Card has been lost or stolen.
identitiy theft - use a mobile wallet

Use a mobile wallet


Amex Pay, Apple PayGoogle Pay and Samsung Pay require fingerprint authorisation and don't keep your Card detailas stored on your device (or share them with merchants), they provide an extra layer of security. 

 

  • Be sure not to let anyone else register their fingerprint or FaceID to your phone, and don't share your phone passcodes.
identity theft - protect your PIN

Protect your PIN

 

  • Choose a PIN that's hard to guess (e.g., not your date of birth). Never write down your PIN or keep it with your Card. 
  •  Don't share your PIN.
  • Shield your PIN when entering it at a shop or cash machine. 
identity theft - guard your personal details

Guard your personal details

 

  • When choosing a user ID, password and PIN, avoid using something that's easy to find out, like your child or pet's name. Use different passwords for all your accounts (that includes email and social media), and change them regularly. 

 

  • Keep all your personal details and documents safe. Shred bank statements, utility bills and other documents when no longer needed. Switch to paper-free statements and view your Account online or through our mobile app. Review your credit reference report regularly (see list below) and sign up for alerts to spot ID fraud early.
identity theft - Be aware of SIM swap

Be aware of SIM swap


If you don't seem to be receiving texts or phone calls, contact your mobile provider right away. You might be a victim of SIM swap fraud, which occurs when fraudsters try to get access to accounts by taking over your phone number. 

 

Credit Reference Agencies 

 

 

Equifax PLC

Credit File Advice Centre

P.O. Box 1140

Bradford 

BD1 5US

0870 010 0583

equifax.co.uk

Experian Ltd.
Consumer Help Service

P.O. Box 9000

Nottingham

NG80 7WP

0870 241 6212

experian.co.uk

Callcredit PLC

Consumer Services Team

P.O. Box 491

Leeds

LS3 1WZ

0870 0601414

callcredit.co.uk

 

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Watch for unusual activity in

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Send you an instant alert by

text, phone and/or email if we see

something out of the ordinary.

 

In one click, you can tell us if

it was you.

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