Avoid Identity Fraud
The National Fraud Authority has published its 2011 report which estimates that fraud is costing the UK over £38 billion a year. With a few of your personal details unscrupulous people can apply for benefits in your name, attempt to open bank accounts and get credit cards. The Home Office have said it had introduced a number of measures to target identity fraud, including better co-ordination in prosecuting fraudsters, more powers to share data about frauds, tougher criminal penalties and increased efforts to raise public awareness to the problem.
Identity fraud is now one of the fastest growing crimes in the UK.
It is not just the individual that can be targetted, businesses have a responsibility to ensure that the details they hold about staff and customers cannot be used for identity theft.
There are ways an individual and a business can make it harder for their information to be used for identity theft.