Under 21’s continue to be targets for identify theft so much that it has increased by around 1/3rd in the last year. In the latest report from Cifas, the fraud prevention organisation shows that he number of under-21s being defrauded rose from 1,343 in 2015 to 1,803 in 2016.
Cifas deputy chief executive Mike Haley said better education around fraud and financial crime was needed.
“With nine out of 10 identity frauds committed online and with all age groups at risk, we are urging everyone to make it more difficult for fraudsters to abuse their identity.”
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With online shopping and other services on the increase and more organisations and businesses attempting to get their share of it, some smaller companies are failing to ensure that the financial and data protection services they offer are as good as they should be. This is leaving themselves open to cyber attack, allowing criminals to access financial details and personal information of clients data. An example of this is where O2 account details that were accessed via a gaming site and went on to be sold on internet. O2 had done all they could to secure the details but once they had been lost via another party, the accounts were vulnerable and the information used to commit fraud.
It is often these kind of sites that younger people use and raising awareness of how to protect their data with them is becoming a critical part of online safety.
Action Fraud – http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/resources-and-campaigns
Cyberaware – https://www.cyberaware.gov.uk/