Friday, 30 August 2013

CRIMESTOPPERS HUNTS FOR 25 IDENTITY THIEVES

Identity fraud accounts for roughly 50% of all frauds recorded last year.

Strictly embargoed until 00.01am Tuesday August 13th Independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers has launched a campaign to track down individuals guilty of attempting to fraudulently obtain genuine identity documents in the UK. 



In light of celebrating its 25th anniversary, the charity is looking for 25 of these most wanted fraudsters who are attempting to steal the identities of UK nationals in order to receive documents such as passports and driving licences that will be used to impersonate others for engaging in criminal activity such as money laundering, drug trafficking, fraud and illegal immigration.

The fraudulent use of identity details is the biggest and most disturbing fraud threat in the country. The 25 individuals featured in this appeal have all been identified by the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) as using the names and personal information of genuine UK nationals and presented their own picture with those details to apply for documents.

The UK's Fraud Prevention Service, CIFAS, this year revealed a five per cent increase in the overall level of fraud with nearly 250,000 confirmed frauds identified during 2012 by CIFAS Members. This is the highest number of frauds ever recorded and over 150,000 cases had an identifiable victim.

 These results indicate that identity fraud accounts for roughly 50% of all frauds recorded in 2012.


Details of the campaign have also been shared with over 35,000 social media followers of Crimestoppers and via Facebook and twitter found at www.facebook.com.crimestoppers and http://www.twitter.com/crimestoppersUK