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Beware Of Identity Theft - Some People Want Your Personal Details, Or More
Police advise everyone to erase all information on packages and delivery dockets and take care with deliveries (CCSS Level: Grade 9, Words: 404)
Nov 3, 2016 Style & Living
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Any time that a criminal gets hold of a piece of your information, and then uses that information for their own personal gain, it can be called identity theft. Criminals can even use seemingly harmless pieces of information, such as your date of birth, to commit identity theft. Many companies will ask you for your date of birth as part of their verification process, so getting hold of your birth date might let a criminal get hold of other information about you.

Identity theft is becoming an increasingly common problem worldwide, as fraudsters find more and more ways to get hold of the information which is required to steal someone's identity. Addresses, full names, telephone numbers, bank account details and dates of birth are all things that people should try to guard carefully.

Completely destroy all documents containing personal data, rather than just discarding them with the rest of your rubbish. Police in China advise that when consumers buy expensive goods online, they should always ask for details of the delivery company and get a tracking number. They also advise checking the delivery docket carefully before signing off on the goods. When the delivery is completed customers should carefully destroy any part of the delivery that contains personal details. A felt-tipped marker can simply be used to cross out identifying information.

Secondly, police advise that it is better to use an office address, or have deliveries made to the apartment or compound security office. And dispose of things like boarding passes and bank slips, rather than simply throwing them away.

It is not just identity that can be taken, however. There are increasing instances of people being robbed, or even physically attacked, when receiving deliveries. To be safe, security experts advise that when picking up goods alone, customers should try to find a public area, or at least a place that is under video surveillance. Seniors or small children should try to avoid picking up deliveries alone, say police.

When opening the door, ask to see the delivery agent's ID, and for women living alone hinting that there is another person living in the location, such as putting big shoes at the door, may put a potential attacker off. Using well-established companies for delivery will add some security, as the company has probably done their own checks as well.

Just a little care and thought can make a big difference to personal safety in the face of the risks associated with the rapidly growing online shopping and delivery market.

People are advised to guard their personal details carefully to avoid…
criminals taking their property
criminals stealing their identity
criminals breaking into their homes
criminals breaking open their mail
What is one simple way suggested in the article to hide details on a package or delivery receipt?
use a marker pen to hide the details
cut up or shred the package or receipt
dispose of the package in the trash
burn all papers in an incinerator
In the first paragraph, the word harmless could be replaced with…
poisonous
unkind
hurtful
innocent
As used in the article, the word fraudster means…
a person who disobeys normal rules
a person who tries to cheat others
a person who threatens violence
a very dishonest delivery person
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an-oth-er

in addition to


pn.另一个

as-so-ci-a-ted

one thing joined with another

 


adj.关联

a-void

keep away from something


v.避免

ban

officially not allow


v.禁止

com-mit

to carry our something wrong


v.承诺

com-plete

to finish, end 


v.完成

com-ple-ted

finished or ended


v.完成

com-plet-ly

totally, entirely


adv.完全

com-pound

a mixture


n.复合

con-su-mers

people who buy goods and services for their own use


n.消费者

cri-mi-nal

a person who breaks the law


n.犯罪分子

cus-tom

made specially for a particular person


n.习俗

cus-to-mers

people who buy goods from a business


n.顾客

de-li-ver

bring and hand over goods


v.交付

de-li-ve-ry

the carrying of goods to a customer


n.交货/运输

ex-pen-sive

costing a lot of money


adj.昂贵

ex-perts

persons with great skill in some area


n.专家

for-ma-tion

arranged or lined up in a special way


n.队形

guard

one of the positions a player takes in a basketball game


n.后卫/守卫

i-den-ti-ty

who or what a person or thing is


n.身份

im-ply

strongly suggest the truth or existence of something


v.意味着/暗示

in-crea-sing

getting more or bigger


adj.增加

in-creas-ing-ly

to an increasing extent; more and more


adv.日益

in-for-ma-tion

facts about something


n.信息/见闻

lice

small, wingless, parasitic insects that live on the skin of mammals and birds


n.虱子

liv-er

the largest organ in the body, which breaks down and detoxifies substances


n.肝

lo-ca-tion

a particular place    


n.位置

mar-ket

to sell / an area of business, the place where things are sold


v.n,销路/市场

on-line

while connected to a computer


adv.线上

phy-si-cal

to do with your body/related to the body instead of the mind


n,adj.自然体格/自然

pro-blem

something that might be harmful, needing to be solved


n.问题

pro-cess

carrying out a series of steps

 


n.处理

re-quire

need


v.要求

re-quired

needed


v.需要

risk

the chance of something happening


n.风险

se-cu-ri-ty

free from danger, safe


n.安全

sur-veil-lance

close observation, especially of a suspected spy or criminal


n.监控

world wide

all around the world, everywhere


adj.全世界