Keeping your bank details safe

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It's Privacy Week and the Bankers Association has some tips for protecting your bank and personal information.

The Association says you should never share details of your bank account login details, cards, PINS or passwords - not in person, online, in emails or texts.  Your bank will never ask for this information.

Only give other personal information to people and organisations you trust. This includes your date of birth, your address, your driver licence number or passport details.

That is why it is important to check people's credentials before you give them any information.  So do not give out any personal information (phone number, address, etc.) to someone over the phone, unless you made the call.

The Association says you should be particularly careful if someone knocks on your door. Ask to see their credentials to verify they are who they claim to be. Again, do not share with them your cards, PIN numbers or login details.

If you are logging into a bank website always type out the full web address. Do not use links in emails or messages that appear to take you to a bank's website.

The Association says spam emails are designed to look legitimate. You should always check you have a padlock symbol somewhere on the page and that the website starts with https://. The 's' in the URL stands for secure.

You should regularly update your anti-virus software.

Finally, check your statements regularly and if you are worried your account or cards have been compromised you should contact your bank immediately

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