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Over 60's Identity THEFT on the increase

Steve Hodge

Steve Hodge
Aug 17, 2018


Identity theft targeted at the over 60’s has increased, with 14,261 incidents being reported in the first six months of this year.

Identity theft is when someone opens a bank account, takes out a loan or other personal contract in a name other than their own. Tactics used by conmen include hacking emails, cold calling and stealing post.

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Figures from fraud prevention service Cifas show identity thefts among this age group has increased by 8%. Identity fraud across all age groups has actually declined by 5% compared to last year. However, according to Cifas, it still accounts for more than half of all fraud.

Baroness Ros Altmann, former Pensions Minister, and a campaigner for pensioners rights told Love Sport Radio: “It’s so important that people are on the lookout for someone who may have stolen their identity.”

“One of the most important things is to make sure you have a really hard to break password.”

“It’s a question of knowing what to look out for and being in the loop.”