[gauteng] - #ConsumerWatch: Treat all your personal information like gold

  |   Sowetonews / Vereenigingnews / Johannesburgnews

Black Friday has come and gone, which means the silly season is upon us. It also means fraudsters are on the prowl, because your personal information is like gold to a crook.

You might ask, how much damage can be done with just an ID number? A lot.

Lisa Thomas, the senior director of marketing at TransUnion Africa, said your ID number is “more than enough” for a fraudster to perpetrate identity theft.

“Just an ID number can be sufficient to manufacture all the necessary IDs and paperwork.”

She said a TransUnion survey showed identity theft to be rife: every second South African has been, or knows, someone who has been, a victim. And a Carte Blanche exposé in April showed no one is immune....

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