Every day you open your life to strangers without even knowing it. Cifas, a fraud prevention organization, set out to show a group of complete strangers how easy it was to obtain information about them online.
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The "victims" were customers at a coffee shop who used a campaign on Facebook to get free coffee. Using the name the customers gave to the cashier, some cameras, and Facebook, the group returned their orders with a little extra dose of personal information. 

The researchers were able to glean addresses, family information, school information and banking information from details provided on the individual's social media accounts. The purpose of the campaign was to make people more aware of security settings on Facebook, and the importance of using them. 

"You're more at risk of identity fraud than you think. Sharing personal details like your date of birth, address, and phone number can make you vulnerable. Don't make it easy for identity fraudsters. Start by setting your privacy settings," Cifas wrote in a Facebook post. 

Thieves can use personal information gleaned from social media accounts to open credit cards and loans in your name, according to the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC encourages you to set up alerts on your credit and bank cards so you know when a charge has been made. In addition, you can take extra steps to secure personal data both online and offline with tips from the FTC

Have you ever had personal information stolen? Share your experience in the comments below. Don't forget to spread the word to your family and friends. 

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You're more at risk of identity fraud than you think. Sharing personal details like your date of birth, address and phone number can make you vulnerable. Don't make it easy for identity fraudsters. Start by setting your privacy settings. - www.identityfraud.org.uk

Posted by Cifas UK on Tuesday, July 5, 2016