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Incidents of identity fraud grew by almost 10 percent in the first nine months of 2010, compared with the same period in the previous year, according to a report from Cifas, a UK industry group focusing on fraud prevention. At the same time, the number of people who had their identity stolen by criminals rose by about 18 percent, to 70,000 victims.
Those figures reflect the increasing impact of e-crime, Cifas said in its Digital Thieves report (PDF), released on 15 October as part of its National Identity Fraud Prevention Week. It argues that criminals who use phishing and malware to steal personal details end up with a random spread of victims. This contrasts with more traditional identity thieves, who are more likely to have targeted their victims, the report's authors said.
This map from the report shows where in the UK people are more likely to suffer identity fraud arising from e-crime, adjusted for population. Red is highest risk, with dark green representing the lowest risk. The map shows a range of distribution and risk across the country.
Credit: Map courtesy of Cifas and copyright holders the Ordnance Survey, Royal Mail and Office for National Statistics.