Insurance Age

Unmasking ID fraud

The 21st Century has presented yet another opportunity to the schemes sector, with the advent of a new modern crime, identity fraud, which is estimated to cost the UK economy a staggering £1.7bn a year.

It is the fastest-growing type of fraud in the UK and, according to the Cabinet Office, it is one of the most difficult crimes to combat. It is estimated that a quarter of UK adults have either had their identity stolen themselves or know someone who has.

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