Identity Fraud

Identity Fraud is on the increase as the following stories indicate. The aim here is not to alarm, but merely to help ensure that you take the necessary precautions to reduce the odds of it happening to you. While it can be difficult to prevent the most motivated of thieves from targeting you, there are various steps that can be taken which serve to make it harder for them to succeed.

The following resources will help you keep abreast of the latest developments with identity fraud, and how best to protect yourself.

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Identity thieves target tenants

Renters face the greatest risk from identity thieves owing to their domestic set-up and lifestyle. Shared hallways and easily accessible rental properties mean tenants’ details are easier to steal, according to credit reference agency Experian.

Men, 46, most likely fraud victims, says Cifas

Sophisticated identity theft “on an industrial scale” is on the rise with a 46-year-old man the most likely victim, a new report says. Recorded fraud was up by 25% last year compared with 2013, according to fraud prevention service Cifas.

Identity fraud up by 57% as thieves 'hunt' on social media

The number of victims of identity theft rose by 57% last year, figures from fraud prevention service Cifas suggest. The data, taken from 261 companies in the UK, suggests fraudsters are increasingly getting people’s personal information from social media sites.

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