uk: Identity theft warning to web networkers

  • MPs say people give out too many personal details
  • ID fraud costing £1.7bn at conservative estimate

An advertising campaign to warn of the dangers of disclosing too much personal information should be launched on social networking websites, according to a report by MPs on identity theft.The all-party group also urged the government to appoint an identity fraud tsar, and called for a review of the law and more resources for the police.Official figures show that identity theft costs the economy £1.7bn a year, though the true figure could be much higher. Some victims have had their bank accounts plundered while others have discovered that credit cards have been taken out in their name and used to make purchases abroad.

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