Identity Theft Rises in UK by Almost One Third
Wednesday, 10 June 2015
The number of people who fell victim to identity theft in the UK has sharply risen in the first quarter of this year, rising by almost a third, according to the figures released by Cifas, a UK-based fraud prevention service.
Cifas confirmed a total of 34,151 instances of ID fraud for the first quarter of this year. There were 14,103 confirmed cases of ID fraud that involved a credit card and 9,349 that involved a bank account, with 80% of cases occurring over the internet.
Cifas chief executive Simon Dukes said: ‘Fraud figures fluctuate over time, as fraudsters adapt and try new ways of achieving their aims.
“What these figures show is that identity fraud continues to be the most serious fraud threat and that the first quarter of the year has been a very profitable one for organised identity criminals.”
“Our data is just the tip of the iceberg – more needs to be done to identify the true scale of fraud in the UK and educate individuals about the dangers and the steps that can be taken to protect themselves.” he added.
Dave Clark, Detective chief superintendent of City of London Police, said: ‘Identity fraud is at the heart of much of today’s criminality, acting as a key facilitator for a host of other types of offences.
“To stop this from happening, we must all take responsibility for protecting our personal information, especially when working and playing online.”