Glossary: Identify theft

The theft of personal information such as name, address, phone numbers, bank and credit card account numbers, driving licence or national insurance number in order to steal a person’s “identity”. Identity theft then usually results in money being stolen from the victim’s bank account and savings, or the criminal running up enormous credit card bills, obtaining passports and other official documents such as birth, death and marriage certificates in their victim’s name. The National Fraud Authority estimates identity fraud affects more than 1.8m people in the UK every year at a cost of £2.7bn.

Relevant to: Scams

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