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Identity Fraud

Volume 455: debated on Thursday 25 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes involving identity fraud were committed (a) in the last 12 months and (b) in each of the previous 10 years. (110990)

The information sought is not available centrally because there is no single offence of identity fraud. However, questions have been incorporated into the British Crime Survey and the results should give us more information about the victims of this type of crime.

In addition, the 250 members of CIFAS, the UK’s Fraud Prevention Service for the private sector (mainly financial services companies), recorded 51,025 victims of identity fraud in the first three quarters of 2006 and estimate that this will rise to 68,000 for the entire year. Victims of identity fraud as recorded by CIFAS in previous years are 22,520 in 2000, 26,266 in 2001, 32,737 in 2002, 43,094 in 2003, 50,455 in 2004 and 56,200 in 2005.