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Published on 10 May 2015

Number of Identity Theft victims rises by a third

The number of people falling victim to Identity Theft in the UK has risen by almost a third, new figures suggest. The BBC has learned that criminals are increasingly using internet forums to buy and sell data. They use the information to open bank accounts, obtain credit cards and commit fraud in other people’s names.

Fraud prevention agency Cifas said the number of victims rose by 31% to 32,058 in the first three months of 2015, compared to the same period in 2014.

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