UK Liberty

Identity fraud 1

Posted in ID Cards by ukliberty on June 8, 2007

Here is the first in a series of articles on the Government’s current lies claims about the Identity Card scheme.

I begin with the website, ‘Benefits at a glance’:

The National Identity Scheme will:
help protect cardholders against identity theft and fraud

Identity theft and fraud

Identity fraud is on the increase. As well as causing great distress to the victims, it costs the UK economy millions of pounds each year (show me some facts and figures on identity theft and fraud).

Some facts and figures

Identity fraud has cost the UK over £1.7 billion.
Source: an exercise by the Home Office Identity Fraud Steering Committee (IFSC) to update the Cabinet Office estimate of the cost to the economy of identity fraud. Announced by Andy Burnham, Home Office, February 2006. Download the relevant table as a PDF (new window) (80KB).

On the other hand, “Government claims that identity fraud in the UK costs £1.7bn a year have been exposed as inaccurate” – or, dare I say it, ‘fraudulent’ – “with the real figure less than a third of that total, a silicon.com investigation has found.”

Also see SpyBlog.

There is a good Register article on the earlier claim that it costs £1.3bn pa.

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  1. Rachel Oliver said, on July 16, 2007 at 8:28 pm

    I just read an excellent novel called “Wearing the Spider” by Susan Schaab. This fiction novel center around a female law firm associate who becomes the victim of identity theft and corporate fraud and murder are committed in her name. Identity fraud is more common today due to an increase in the use and reliance on computing technology. I wonder if it would be helpful in future for leaders in technology to create more complex and less easily abused technologies to prevent and deter these crimes.


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