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How safe are your identification details?

While the headlines over the last few years have indicated a significant increase in ID theft and associate fraud, have UK consumers learned their lesson?

The sad fact is that despite increased warnings across the board there are still signs that the vast majority people in the UK are more than happy to give out personal details to complete strangers. A survey by the Daily Mail, conducted on the streets of London, found that the vast majority of people are happy to give away their personal details such as name, address, postcode and date of birth in exchange for a £10 payment for filling in a questionnaire. In the eyes of a fraudster, £10 is a small price to pay for your ID details which could be worth thousands in their hands.

While the news about third parties losing personal records and personal details is worrying, it is more concerning to see that a large number of people in the UK are still more than happy to give out their details to somebody they "trust" but have only just met. It has never been more vital than today for all UK consumers to protect their personal details as much as they can. Unsolicited e-mails, unsolicited phone calls and any form of unsolicited contact should be ignored. If the caller is unaware of your name address and details then why are they calling you?

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