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Protect yourself from identity fraud

Have you ever been a victim of fraud? 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 for two years, 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.

Cifas Protective Registration will not be for everyone. Cifas Protective Registration is only for people whose identities are at heightened risk. The service works by prompting Cifas members to carry out extra checks to prove your identity to prevent further fraud. This can mean that genuine applications take slightly longer to process while checks are carried out.


How do I apply?

Online form: complete the form here.  Please note: this form is for individuals wanting to protect their own identity. If you are an organisation seeking to protect customers following a data loss please  visit our Bulk Protective Registration page.
By phone:  Call 0330 100 0180 Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm and weekends, 9am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday, including Bank Holidays.


For further help or for more information about our Protective Registration service please see our Frequently Asked Questions


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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