Thursday, 6 May 2010

Identity fraud on the rise - CIFAS report

UK fraud prevention organisation CIFAS says identity fraud has increased 19.86% in Q1 2010 compared with the same period in 2009, with an over 20% increase in the number of victims of impersonation compared with the first quarter of 2009. But "Overall fraud levels remain consistent, with nearly 60,000 proven frauds identified in the first three months of 2010."

And there's been a 32% increase in "current address fraud", where criminals impersonate people at their current address.

"Not only must consumers dispose of physical details in a secure manner, but they must also ensure that sensitive electronic documents are kept separate from each other. Scanned documents and account details must, preferably, not be kept on computer hard drives but, more preferably, be backed up onto discs and full virus and malware protection products must be in place," said Richard Hurley, CIFAS Communications Manager.

CIFAS table (Identity Fraud includes false identity and identity theft.) -

  Jan to Mar 2009 Jan to Mar 2010 %age change

Identity Fraud – Granted
Identity Fraud – Not Granted
Identity Fraud - Total

13,350
11,469
24,819

19,322
10,427
29,749
44.73%
-9.09%
19.86%
Application Fraud - Granted
Application Fraud - Not Granted
Application Fraud - Total
3,206
13,384
16,590
1,784
9,985
11,769
-44.35%
-25.40%
-29.06%
False Insurance Claim 138 161 16.67%
Facility Takeover Fraud 5,856 5,617 -4.08%
Asset Conversion 87 119 36.78%
Misuse of Facility 12,991 12,235 -5.82%
Victims of Impersonation 20,730 26,874 22.86%
Victims of takeover 6,211 5,717 -8.64%

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