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ID theft on the increase as UK population become desperate

Identity theft fraud is on the increase as more and more UK consumers become desperate as income starts to dry up and employment prospects take a downward turn. While many people believe that ID theft fraud will never happen to them, figures released by worldwide regulator show a massive jump in identification theft with significant financial implications for many around the world.

It is therefore essential that you do not give out any of your personal details, usernames, passwords or banking information to third parties who contact you via unsolicited e-mail or unsolicited telephone calls. If you are in any way concerned about those contacting you then you must ignore their e-mails and if they telephone you then you must ask for contact details and call them back to confirm their identity.

Even though many people in the UK appear prepared for online ID theft, off-line ID theft is a growing problem which can involve the cloning of credit cards or obtaining personal information by deception and is probably a greater threat at this moment in time. Be careful, be vigilant and above all be sure that you check your statements, credit records and bank accounts on a regular basis. The quicker you notify the authorities of suspect transactions the more chance of reducing the size of a potential fraud which if left unattended could grow and grow.

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