Protect yourself from identity fraud


Have you ever been a victim of fraud? Have your card details been used for fraudulent transactions? Has an organisation you deal with recently lost or leaked sensitive data? Have you recently lost any personal documents, or had them stolen?

Any one of these circumstances increases your risk of becoming a victim of identity fraud. For £20 a year, Cifas Protective Registration reduces that risk.


How does it work?

When you request Protective Registration, we place a warning flag against your name and other personal details in our National Fraud Database.

This tells any organisation that uses Cifas data to pay special attention when your details are used to apply for their products or services. Knowing you're at risk, they'll carry out extra checks to make sure it's really you applying, and not a fraudster using your details.

Cifas Protective Registration does not affect your credit score. It is a fraud prevention measure and not a form of insurance against losses caused by fraud. You can have your Protective Registration removed at any time by writing to the address below.


How do I apply?


Update: Some callers are currently experiencing delays with our Protective Registration telephone service. We recommend that you contact us via email or post until these issues are resolved. We apologise for any inconvenience and are working to resolve this issue as soon as possible. 


By email:  you can download and complete a Protective Registration formProtective Registration form here and and email to:


By post: Download, print and complete a Protective Registration form (PDF) and post it to:

Cifas Protective Registration,

6th Floor, Lynton House,

7-12 Tavistock Square,

London, WC1H 9LT 


By phone:  Call 0330 100 0180 from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday. The number for people calling from outside the UK is 0044 131 273 3008.  
The phoneline is currently unavailable at weekends. We will update this page when weekend service resumes.

I'm a victim of identity fraud

Cifas Protective Registration prevents future identity fraud. If you want to report an incident of identity fraud that's already happened:

  1. contact whichever organisations are affected - your credit card company if you suspect credit card fraud, for example
  2. if necessary, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.


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