What You Can Do About It
The threat of identity theft is a very real – and potentially massively costly – issue for millions of people around the world. It goes without saying that maintaining the safety of your personal information is paramount and it’s also important to keep an eye out for signs that it may have been pilfered and is being used to perform fraudulent transactions.
Signs that your identity may have been stolen can include:
Unfortunately, if any of these things flags are raised, it may already be too late – but early detection can at least limit the damage to your finances and credit record, giving you a better chance of reclaiming your identity.
Get Help with Active Protection
Fortunately with the launch of TransUnion’s TrueIdentity offering, consumers now have access to an extensive set of features and tools to help protect themselves from identity thieves. TrueIdentity was designed to help consumers detect ID theft as well as help them restore their good name and recover from losses incurred as a result.
For just R99 per month (or R799 per year), you have unlimited access to your credit report and score, and will receive SMS or email alerts every time any changes take place on your report, helping you stop identity theft in its tracks. TrueIdentity also actively monitors the dark web – where stolen personal information is traded online - for breaches of your personal information online. The product also offers an extensive restitution service, which aims to reduce the hassle overhead and time required to resolve an ID theft event, giving consumers access to the investigative skills of identity recovery experts. To help you recover from certain financial losses incurred as a result of ID theft, TrueIdentity also includes Identity theft insurance cover of R100 000 through Price Forbes.
Advice for Non-TrueIdentity Users
If you are not using an active protection product, the onus is on you to maintain the security of your information and then manage the process of recovery in the event that your identity is stolen.
Here are some important steps to follow:
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This information is for educational purposes only and does not constitute legal or financial advice. You should always seek the advice of a legal or financial professional before making legal or financial decisions.