Protect your identity

FRAUD officers descended on Stratford Library on Friday to advise residents and businesses on the best way to avoid becoming a victim of identity theft.

The visit was arranged as part of National Fraud Prevention Week with expert speakers giving out advise on how to protect your business from fraud, including checking to make sure identity documents are genuine.

DetChiefInsp Nick Downing from Operation Sterling, who is leading the Met Police’s activity in support of the campaign, said: “Simple things like ensuring you destroy your paperwork, not posting any of your personal details online and never divulging your PIN or password to anyone, will go a long way in stopping fraudsters stealing what you have spent your whole life creating - your identity. Identity Fraud is not a victimless crime.”

For tips on the best ways to protect yourself against identity fraud please visit

If you think you are a victim of identity fraud please visit the Action Fraud website at or phone the Action Fraud hotline on 0300 123 2040