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Old 07-05-2016, 08:09 PM
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Identity Theft Jumps 57% as Fraudsters Target Social Media

You should pass this along to your followers on your social media accounts.

The number of victims hit by identity theft jumped a hefty 57% last year, according to figures from fraud prevention service Cifas.

The firmís research found that fraudsters are particularly targeting younger internet users with around 24,000 people aged 30 and under suffering identity fraud in 2015, up from 15,766 in 2014 and more than double the 11,000 victims in this age bracket in 2010.

Identity fraud commonly occurs as a result of a cyber-criminal masquerading as an innocent individual and buying products or taking out loans in their name, with victims often completely oblivious to the fact they have been targeted until they receive a bill or have problems with their credit rating.

To be successful, fraudsters need to gain access to personal information such as name, date of birth, address, and bank details which they then use to piece together someoneís identity. Whilst they do this in a variety of ways, social media sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter (to name just a few) are proving to be...
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