Identity fraud reached record levels in 2016

Young people are a growing target for identity theft cases, which have reached record levels in 2016, fraud prevention organisation Cifas says.

Almost 25,000 victims of fraud were aged under 30, with the number of under-21s defrauded rising by a third.

The statistics, from 277 banks and businesses, show almost 173,000 recorded frauds in 2016 – the highest level since records began 13 years ago.

Cifas says people must be more vigilant

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