Beware of identity fraud

You can affect general attitudes with your own example. With the help of the information on this website, companies and individuals can more easily recognise what the shadow economy is and identify economic crimes. This website contains tips and examples of how you can act to protect yourself and the society against the harms caused by the shadow economy and economic crime.

Identity fraud – i.e. the unlawful use of another person’s name or personal data – was criminalised in September 2015. Identity thefts are typically related to frauds in which the personal data of another person is used to purchase products, to take out a loan or to establish customer or bank accounts.

Private individuals

  • Protect your personal data, particularly your personal identity code and online banking codes. The authorities or banks will never ask you to provide your password or username by e-mail or text message, and the same goes for trustworthy online services and social media platforms.
  • Adopt a mindset of healthy scepticism regarding offers you see online or receive by phone. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably isn’t true.
  • If you suspect a crime, contact the authorities. The faster the response to identity fraud is, the smaller the scope of the fraud is likely to be.

Businesses

  • Identify risks and be proactive. It is essential to take effective proactive measures to prevent damaging situations and financial losses. This means identifying risks and implementing the necessary protective measures. Check regularly whether your company’s details in various information systems (such as the Trade Register) are accurate and unchanged.
  • Use training and communication to increase awareness among your personnel. Training and communication to emphasise that malicious information gathering is a common threat are important for increasing security awareness among personnel and make successful phishing attacks less likely.
  • Be prepared for the worst-case scenario where damage has already been incurred. This means being prepared for quickly investigating situations, minimising damage, rapid recovery and careful communication planning.