Home > Ask Our Experts > Can My CV Expose Me to Identity Theft?

Can My CV Expose Me to Identity Theft?

By: Jeff Durham - Updated: 19 Sep 2012 | comments*Discuss
 
Can My Cv Expose Me To Identity Theft?

Q.

I would like to ask you what are the dangers, in a case of possible identity theft, when the scammers have my CV containing: my name, surname, date of birth, address, univeristy I'm studying.What are the next steps to take in order to prevent any identity theft consequences.

(Miss Melania Manole, 10 September 2008)

A.

A CV contains so much personal information about us that it’s quite startling to see how many people adopt a very casual attitude towards it in terms of who you decide to share that information with. Firstly, you should always be very aware of posting it up onto a forum where anybody can view it. In doing so, just remember that if you allow open access to it, it can then be viewed by anybody around the world and that includes potential fraudsters.

When e-mailing a CV in response to a job advertisement, if there is a company e-mail address to send it to, check out the company first before sending it so that you can be sure they’re legitimate. However, if you’re uploading your CV without knowing the destination it’s going to, try to find out a phone number of the company and ask them for information about the company that way so you can check them out. For example, a non-specific e-mail address such as a Yahoo or Hotmail one tells you nothing about the company. Therefore, it begs the question – who are they?

Remember, with details such as your name, address, date of birth (if you’ve included it but not necessary to include on a CV), phone number and e-mail address, that’s a lot of information that could potentially be used by scammers who are looking to profit from identity theft. If you feel you may have unknowingly become a victim, then the next thing you should is to start becoming extremely vigilant. Keep an eye on things like bank and credit card statements and look out for any items on your statements that you haven’t bought. It’s also a good idea to request a copy of your credit file to check for any suspicious applications for loans, HP agreements or credit applications that may have been made in your name. If something like this has occurred, notify the police immediately.

Another good idea is to contact CIFAS and apply for protective registration. By registering you’ll have been asked to supply a password and this means that if anyone (including yourself) applies for any kind of credit or financial service in your name in the future, then it will require a password to proceed which will stop any fraudulent applications being made in your name.

Finally, learn to treat your CV with the same care as you would with things such as bank cards and PIN numbers. Make absolutely certain that you know where your CV is going before you hit the send button. By hitting send indiscriminately, you may have just transmitted many of your personal details to a completely unidentifiable stranger in an unknown country.

You might also like...
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice..
Good information - I'm soon to teach at a CV workshop and I think the way that CV's include so much personal information is now out of date. My students say they are happy to give a mobile number or email contact online - but will need to check out any callers before revealing their home address/phone details. I think they are right.
Hatty - 13-Mar-11 @ 9:25 AM
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice...
Title:
(never shown)
Firstname:
(never shown)
Surname:
(never shown)
Email:
(never shown)
Nickname:
(shown)
Comment:
Validate:
Enter word:
Topics
Latest Comments
  • Jake584
    Re: Your National Insurance Number
    I would always urge anyone now to report lost NI number. As I lost my card about 20years ago. And have had issues with someone…
    11 August 2017
  • AboutIdentityTheft
    Re: Your National Insurance Number
    omg - Your Question:Hi I was out on a night out and lost my purse with my national insurance card ,bank card,provisional driving…
    1 August 2017
  • omg
    Re: Your National Insurance Number
    Hi I was out on a night out and lost my purse with my national insurance card ,bank card,provisional driving licence inside and…
    31 July 2017
  • Sam
    Re: Your National Insurance Number
    My employed has accidentally published my name, national insurance number and date of birth online in a public domain. Am I at…
    29 July 2017
  • AboutIdentityTheft
    Re: Your National Insurance Number
    Bevie - Your Question:Hi there, my new bf wanted to put me on his car insurance. In order to process the quote he said he needed…
    25 July 2017
  • Bevie
    Re: Your National Insurance Number
    Hi there, my new bf wanted to put me on his car insurance. In order to process the quote he said he needed my NI no, I didn't…
    24 July 2017
  • AboutIdentityTheft
    Re: The National Identity Service
    Ed - Your Question:Who do I contact if I think I'm a victim of national insurance number idententy fraid
    13 July 2017
  • AboutIdentityTheft
    Re: Your National Insurance Number
    mima - Your Question:I applied for my NI number when iwas 18, I got the letter a few weeks later but sudenly I had to travel…
    10 July 2017
  • mima
    Re: Your National Insurance Number
    I applied for my NI number when iwas 18, i got the letter a few weeks later but sudenly i had to travel abroad and i left my…
    8 July 2017
  • AboutIdentityTheft
    Re: Your National Insurance Number
    Kwig - Your Question:Think my NI number has been stolen who can I contact to prevent anything being created in my name for a few…
    7 July 2017
Further Reading...
Our Most Popular...
Add to my Yahoo!
Add to Google
Stumble this
Add to Twitter
Add To Facebook
RSS feed
You should seek independent professional advice before acting upon any information on the AboutIdentityTheft website. Please read our Disclaimer.