Online fraud: A phrase we’ve all heard about, probably been told horror stories about and probably gone on to ignore, log back into our laptop and carried on shopping tapping our details into various websites.
At what point do you sit up and take notice? When you see a shocking video? When it happens to a friend? Or not until it happens to you?
As someone whose work revolves around the internet and, obviously being a blogger, I think about it all the time and am very mindful of the information I share.
Then I was approached by the people behind a new scheme to tackle identify fraud, called the People’s ID Bot Project, and my ears immediately pricked up.
The scheme, which is being run in collaboration with Experian, aims to defeat identity fraud in Britain over the coming years. No mean feat!
They kicked off the marketing for their project with a funny but ultimately rather scary video. Go and have a watch. I’ll wait . . .
So what does the ID Bot project do?
Identity theft and fraud is when someone steals your identity and then uses it fraudulently by pretending to be you.
And alarming figures show that as many as four million people in the UK have been a victim of this crime. It can take a staggering 444 days to discover you’ve been a victim and by that time the criminal’s train may have gone cold and the case is harder to resolve.
So first of all the project is curating hundreds of stories of ID fraud from real-life people on their Facebook page with the aim of creating Britain’s most complete A-Z of identity fraud, as told by the very people who have experienced it for themselves.
You just visit their Facebook page and type in your story.
This is all about information sharing, helping, supporting, identifying any behaviours which make people vulnerable, and giving feedback.
To use the service you need to enter your personal details; financial information, passport numbers, National Insurance number and any other details you want to protect. Then one of their little blue bots monitors websites where personal details are sold illegally to make sure yours don’t turn up anywhere they shouldn’t. And if they find anything dodgy, it sends you an email identifying the issue with advice on how to deal with it.
Fancy giving the service a try? The people at ID Bot Project have given me 10 codes to pass on to readers for a free one-year subscription to the service. I’ve just signed up and it’s already emailed me with a couple of issues, that I’m on to RIGHT NOW!
If you don’t win you can sign up for a free 30-day trail over on the website, and there on after the service costs £3.99 a month.
So if you want a code for yourself just fill in the Rafflecopter widget and good luck x
The competition is open to residents of the UK only (sorry rest of the world).
No cash alternative offered.
The prize is a code for 1 year free subscription to Identity Protect.
Entry is via Rafflecopter.
Make sure your email details are easily available.
The competition closes at on Monday, June 9, 2014.
10 winners will be chosen at random from all the entries after the closing date.
The winners will be sent their code via email.
If a prizewinner does not respond within a week of being contacted, the prize will be re-drawn and a new winner will be contacted.
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