Protecting your identity
Protecting your identity involves putting measures in place to keep your personal details secure, as well as knowing what to do if you become the victim of identity fraud.
Identity theft is when someone steals your personal details - such as your name, government ID, or passport details - in order to commit a crime or fraud.
It often involves someone impersonating you, using your personal information to open bank accounts, withdrawing money from your accounts, or even taking out loans in your name.
It’s important to be alert to the signs of identity theft and fraud. You may find this guide helpful: Beware of scams and fraud.
If you are the victim of identity fraud you should report the crime to the police. It may help to obtain a copy of your police report, to give to creditors and credit agencies as evidence of your situation.
You should also consider:
HSBC has partnered with Everfi to create a series of modules on a variety of topics, including Savings, Banking, Credit Cards & Interest Rates, Credit Scores, Financing Higher Education, Renting vs. Owning, Taxes and Insurance, Consumer Protection, and Investing, giving you the tools to better manage your financial future. We hope these interactive digital modules can support your choices.
Additionally, HSBC has created the YourMoneyCounts financial wellness program which is presented by HSBC staff to the community in a classroom setting. Participant workbooks covering Budgeting, Credit, and Identity Theft and a budgeting worksheet are found through the YourMoneyCount link above. This program was created in partnership with the national nonprofit Greenpath Financial Wellness, and they provide free individualized support focused on your personal situation and financial wellness.