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Wheelie bin incidents prompt fraud warning


By David Porter

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Police in the Garioch area have become aware of several instances recently, where residents have had their wheelie bins either stolen, or moved from their storage area and the contents gone through.

The concern for officers lies with the fact that this has been done in order to gain personal details in order to carry out identity theft.

Identity theft happens when fraudsters access enough information about someone's identity, such as their name, date of birth, bank details, current or previous addresses to commit identity fraud.

Fraudsters can use identity details to: open bank accounts, obtain credit cards, loans and state benefits order goods in your name, take over your existing accounts, take out mobile phone contracts, obtain genuine documents such as passports and driving licences in your name

All residents are being asked to ensure they safely dispose of all items of confidential mail or paperwork by shredding to prevent this happening.



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