Ten per cent of UK adults who use the internet have been victims of online identity fraud in the past year, a report...
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."