Ten per cent of UK adults who use the internet have been victims of online identity fraud in the past year, a report has found.
Research by YouGov as part of National Identity Fraud Prevention Week (NIFPW), found the average cost of online ID fraud to UK victims in the past year is £697.30, with 10% of all UK users falling victim.
NIFPW spokesman John Inverdale said, "Businesses can take simple steps to protect themselves such as creating an anti-fraud policy, as well as having a comprehensive IT security policy and securely destroying all sensitive documents."
The government has announced it will set up a cross-departmental identity fraud unit.
Former home secretary David Blunkett said in a letter to the Financial Times, "Ensuring that we can 'own' our identity, and using the best and most up-to-date methods of allowing us to secure what is, after all, something which each of us holds dear, has to be the task for the future."