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Personation: Lancashire

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases of (a) identity and (b) online fraud were recorded in West Lancashire in each of the last five years. (144812)

The information requested is not available centrally. The use of another person’s identification details (or the use of false identification details), often referred to as identity theft, is not in itself an offence in law. It is the action that is undertaken, using those identification details, that needs to be considered in respect of whether an offence has occurred and should be recorded.

With regard to online fraud, this is not a separately defined offence in law and such instances will be recorded under the appropriate fraud classification depending on the circumstances of the offence.