BIN RAIDING – THINK BEFORE YOU BIN.
Just as we have had to get used to being over careful in preventing credit card fraud, households across the UK are once again faced with a new wave of fraud that has reached us from the US called:
Bin raiding is very rapidly spreading across the UK, and although it is predominantly, an urban phenomenon it is already moving into rural areas.
It involves individuals searching through people’s refuse bins for personal information that can be used to commit fraud.
Following a survey commissioned by Experian, in conjunction with Nottingham City Council and with the support of Nottinghamshire police.
It was found that an average of one in five bins contains a bank account number and sort code four that could be related to the full name and address of a household member.
In fact, not one local authority surveyed denied that bin raiding occurs in their area!
In the same survey it was revealed that attempts by households to destroy personal information was very rare, with only 8% of households throwing away card numbers making any attempt to destroy the information, with only 1% being successful in rendering the information unreadable.