I’m interested to hear if someone has some knowledge or experience on this topic. I might be the only one who gets uncomfortable when companies ask me for a copy of my ID.
I often read in the newspapers about people having their identity stolen. Fake ID books are used to get credit cards and run up debt or various other things resulting in an innocent person being blacklisted and having to spend much time and effort to sort it out. Not to mention people being ‘married’ without their knowledge to illegal immigrants looking for residency permits.
What does it take to steal someone’s identity? Surely if you have a copy of their ID book you are well on your way? That ID book can then be replicated with a different picture and off you go.
This is why it surprises me that companies can so freely demand that you send/fax a copy of your ID. I just phoned to have some details changed on an account and they want me to fax them a copy of my ID. The other day I was sent something by courier and they wanted me to give the courier a copy of my ID! With all these people, who I don’t know and who are not accountable, having access to my ID, surely there is some danger.
These companies don’t seem to have any policies and procedures in place to protect your privacy. When I tell them I am concerned about faxing my ID they act like I am a wierdo. They try and ease my fears by saying “don’t worry, only I will see it and file it”. That’s great, but who are you and who has access to those files?
Maybe I am over reacting, maybe it’s not at all risky to have your ID out there for general perusal. I certainly hope so. Comments anyone?