Identity theft

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Key points

  • Identity theft is a crime. Criminals take a person's personal details and use them to steal money or carry out tasks (usually financial task) in order to make money.
  • Telltale signs of identity theft include money being removed from accounts, or letters and emails about new accounts arriving.


Over 1.8 million people in the UK have been affected by identity theft, with an average loss of 1000 pounds [1]. A significant proportion of identity theft is carried out online.


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