Your personal information is valuable. You need evidence of who you are to open bank accounts, get credit cards, take out loans and mortgages, start a job, claim benefits, register with a doctor, get a passport or a driving license. However, there is a danger that a fraudster could end up using your personal information to impersonate you in order to make purchases, open bank accounts and take out credit cards and loans using your name. They might take over your existing bank accounts by pretending to be you and, in extreme cases, even buy a house in your name or get you a criminal record.
Banks will use your personal information in their security procedures, but some of them may be well-known (like birthdays) or be easily obtainable (like addresses) so we should always be careful about what information we put in the public domain, who we give our information to and to keep our passwords secret as well as making them difficult for others to guess.Always be suspicious – especially if you don’t know who you are talking to!
English and Drama Activities for 14-16 years
These English and Drama activities for students aged 14-16 look at identity, how we define it, how we portray it and how it can be stolen:
Who Are You To A Stranger? looks at how we define identity, what makes us unique and what pieces of information about us might help people steal our identity.
Guess Who Owns This Phone? looks at the amount of sensitive information we store in our phones and what we can do to make it harder for people to access.
Risk Rank looks at various activities that could be risky and students are asked to discuss and rank them according to their perceived potential dangers.