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Identity Fraud

Volume 406: debated on Wednesday 4 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many national insurance accounts with false identities have been monitored by the Department in each of the last 10 years; and of those, how many cases were referred from the national insurance recording system. [116727]

The National Identity Fraud Unit (NIFU) flags on the Departmental Central Index and the National Insurance Recording System all accounts where it can be proven that the application for a National Insurance Number was made using false identity documentation.The total number of false identity flags that are held on Departmental records to date is 1,138. Figures cannot be broken down specifically for each year.