Tuesday, 13 May 08
Are we making it easier for thieves to steal our identities by putting our lives online?
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Police data show identity crime is on the rise, while social networking sites encourage users to fill online profiles with personal data.
Identity theft has become a lucrative business. The internet has opened the way for organised criminals to 'spy' on personal computers anywhere in the world. Some succeed in 'phishing' personal details or stealing internet banking login details by using fake email addresses.
Many victims of identity theft only become aware that their details have been used to obtain credit cards and loans when debt collectors come knocking.
Insight looks at identity crime and asks; how can we prevent it?
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