5 top tips for avoiding identity theft

For cybercriminals, the chaos and disorder caused by the coronavirus has created the perfect climate in which to carry out new and heightened attacks. According to recent figures from Action Fraud, there have been over 2,000 recorded victims of identity fraud in the UK since the pandemic began, with a total of over £7 million taken through coronavirus related scams.

However, this is hardly a revelation, but merely the latest episode of a crisis which is set only to worsen as cybercriminals develop new ways to deprive people of their money. The latest figures from CIFAS show that 2019 brought the highest ever number of identity fraud cases – a staggering 223,000 – an 18% increase on the year before.

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