If fraud is identified, they are encouraged to report the matter to the police.
The service allows individuals to seek protection against possible impersonation attempts.
Other members of CIFAS dealing with requests for credit or other services from someone who has taken out Protective Registration will be alerted to the need for caution.
If an offer seems too good to be true, it probably is. Always shield your PIN and be vigilant at cash machines and checkouts.
Don’t ever send it over the internet or disclose it to anyone.
The Guardian and Telegraph online Finance and Technology sections are also very useful sources of up to date information surrounding fraud.