Identity theft

If your private financial information falls into the wrong hands, the consequences can be devastating. Yet there are many ways you can help protect yourself on a daily basis, from taking precautions while online to checking your credit report periodically.

If you should fall victim to identity theft, it is important that you act quickly. Contacting the correct agencies and filing the necessary reports will go a long way toward minimising any damage to your financial wellbeing.

Who to contact

Your bank: Immediately contact the consumer advice department of your bank. They will advise you how to proceed.

The police: Report identity theft to your local police department.

The Southern African Fraud Prevention Service (SAFPS) is a South African company committed to combating fraud across the financial services industry by providing a shared database to member organisations and offering the South African public a means of protecting themselves against impersonation and identity theft.

They provide a free protective registration service. Contact them at:
Tel: +27(0)11 867 2234
Email: safps@safps.org.za

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