Alagoas records more than 7,600 identity fraud attempts in February alone

Alagoas records more than 7,600 identity fraud attempts in February alone
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In February this year alone, 7,611 identity fraud attempts were recorded in Alagoas, according to a survey released this Tuesday (23) by Serasa Experian.

It is considered identity fraud when scammers steal personal data and try to impersonate other people to gain financial advantage.

In the Northeast, below Alagoas are the states of Piauí (6,377) and Sergipe (5,337). Nationwide, there were 756,576 identity fraud attempts in February.

In the comparison “number of attempts per million inhabitants”, Alagoas appears in 19th position, with 2,240, in the ranking of 27 states and the Federal District.

Still according to the study, most incidents in the country were in the “Banks and Cards” category (50.7%). In relation to age, people between 36 and 50 years old were those who had the highest incidence of fraud attempts (35.9%).

Below, Serasa Experian experts list some tips to protect yourself from scams:

Ensure that your document, cell phone and cards are secure and have strong passwords to access applications;

Be wary of offers of products and services, such as travel, with prices well below the market. At these times, it is common for cybercriminals to use the names of well-known stores to try to invade your computer. They use emails, SMS and website replicas to try to collect information and credit card details, passwords and personal information from the buyer;

Be careful with links and files shared in social media message groups. They can be malicious and lead to unsafe pages, which contaminate devices with commands to operate without the user noticing;

Register your Pix keys only on official bank channels, such as the banking app, Internet Banking or branches;

Do not provide passwords or access codes outside the bank’s website or application;

Do not make transfers to friends or relatives without confirming by phone call or in person that it really is the person in question, as the person’s contact details may have been cloned or falsified;

Only include your personal information and card details if you are sure that it is a secure environment;

Monitor your CPF frequently to ensure you have not been a victim of fraud.

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