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New ID fraud scams uncovered

Equifax announces scams to look out for

ID Fraud

Be on your guard against fraudsters 

Credit reference agency Equifax has identified its top ID fraud scams to watch out for this Spring

The types of scam exposed included fake charities for Haiti, phantom property transfers, hacking into Twitter accounts, and identity theft of the deceased, whereby fraudsters use their details to open credit cards and other financial accounts in their name. Email phishing, one of the better known ID fraud scams around, was also said to be rising.

A spokesman for Equifax said, ‘As quick as expert organisations and the crime prevention agencies are trying to tackle the latest scams to be identified, new frauds are being invented. And at the moment, it seems that identity fraud and theft is particularly appealing to the fraudsters. However, although ID fraud is on the rise, it doesn’t mean you have to be a victim.’

ID fraud on the rise

According to Cifas, the UK’s fraud prevention service, identity fraud increased by 32% in 2009, indicating that consumers need to be increasingly aware and vigilant, and ensure they protect all of their details.

For more information on protecting yourself against identity fraud, read the Which? How to beat identity fraud advice guide and our Top tips for stopping identity theft.

Checking your credit file

Consumers can help protect themselves against identity fraud by obtaining their credit reports from the three credit reference agencies in the UK: Callcredit, Equifax and Experian. You can obtain your reports for £2 each both online or by post – visit the Which? guide to credit reference agencies to find out more.

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