Identity Theft at Epidemic Levels

Posted 23rd August 2017 News

The BBC has reported today that identity theft is at epidemic levels with people in their 30’s the most targeted group.

A total of 89,000 cases were recorded in the first six months of the year by UK anti-fraud organisation Cifas – that is a 5% rise on the same period last year and a new record high.

More than four in five of these crimes were committed online with many victims unaware that they had been targeted until they received a random bill or realised their credit rating had slumped. Fraudsters steal identities by gathering information such as their name and address, date of birth and bank account details. They get hold of such information by stealing mail, hacking computers, trawling social media, tricking people into giving details or buying data through the “dark web”.

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