Know how to prevent identity theft
Identity theft is a process carried out in two stages. First, somebody steals your personal information; then, this person uses your information to impersonate you and commit crimes such as fraud with credit cards or mortgage loans, the payment of goods and services, or the emptying of bank accounts.
Information may be stolen physically—by taking away documents–or it may also be obtained through online scam or even from us if we are deceived and provide it intentionally.
- Using secure and unpredictable passwords and not sharing them with other people;
- Refraining from disclosing personal information on social networks (Facebook, Twitter, etc.);
- Keeping notebooks, CDs, flash drives, etc., in secure places;
- Refraining from carrying unnecessary personal documents;
- Being careful when using an ATM (e.g., shielding the keypad when entering the PIN);
- Checking any activity recorded in your bank accounts on a regular basis to detect any anomaly;
- Contacting the BCRA’s Information Centre (http://www.bcra.gob.ar) to check that your financial information is correct.
If you lose your National Identity Document (DNI) or if it is stolen, you must file a police report; by the same token, should you lose your credit card or your cheque book, you should contact the issuing bank immediately.
The National Commission for the Protection of Personal Data (Dirección Nacional de Protección de Datos Personales, DNPDP) has a National Record of Questioned Identity Documents, which is available to the public, where you may consult about lost or stolen National Identity Documents, identity cards and passports. To access such record, click here.
Keep in mind that companies will never ask for your passwords, credit card numbers or any other kind of personal information by e-mail.
Every time you visit a website, type the url on the browser’s address bar (e.g., http://www.bcra.gov.ar) to access the website. Never click links sent by e-mails as they may send you to a fake site which will send all the information entered to the criminal that created it.
Check your bank and credit card balance frequently.
More information on cybercrime:
"Phishing" is a form of fraud aimed at stealing someone’s identity. The purpose is to obtain information, such as credit card details, passwords, bank accounts information, or other personal data, through deception and generally by means of an e-mail or pop-up windows.
“Vishing" is a form of fraud based on the concept of phishing and aimed at stealing someone’s identity. The purpose is to obtain information, such as passwords to access bank accounts, bank accounts information or other personal data, through deception. This attack may be performed through e-mails together with the use of a telephone.
"Smishing" is also a form of fraud based on the concept of phishing and aimed at stealing someone’s identity. The purpose is to obtain information such as passwords to access bank accounts, bank accounts information or other of personal data through deception. This attack is performed through sms messages.