Just 7% of Brits believe that organisations are treating their personal data responsibly. More than 90% feel that they are at risk of identity fraud.
The research, which has been released to coincide with the launch of National Identity Fraud Prevention Week, also reveals that only 44% of those surveyed say that they regularly check bills and financial statements against receipts, while 55% verify emails or calls from organisations before responding. More than four fifths of those participating in the research told Fellows, which conducted the survey, that they believe the company they work for doesn’t take identity fraud seriously enough.
ID fraud up 10%
According to CIFAS, the UK’s Fraud Prevention Service, ID fraud rose by around 10% in the first three-quarters of 2010, to 79,871 cases. A lack of comprehensive corporate policies to help protect people’s identities (which just 56% of firms have in place) was identified as a key failing on the part of employers. It is estimated that the average amount lost due to fraud by UK small businesses is just under £3,000 a year.
For more information about protecting your personal details, see the Which? How to beat identity fraud guide.
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