Tooting ID Fraud Hot Spot

By KizzieFK Last edited 111 months ago
Tooting ID Fraud Hot Spot
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Tooting has just been bestowed with a rather dubious title — the UK's worst place for ID fraud. It's not just a little more likely that your identity, credit and good name will be stolen from SW17, it's a whole five times more likely than the UK average.

West Ewell, Wimbledon and Battersea are just behind Tooting when it comes to risk, and London as a whole is about twice as bad as the rest of the country.

So why the massive rates of ID theft, which have increased 66% over the past year? Experian, who commissioned the report, are blaming organised crime.

And just to scare you bit more, they say living in a building with shared mailboxes, renting and moving frequently are also factors that can help thieves steal your info. Gulp. No wonder us flat-living Londoners fare so poorly.

Guess it's time to invest in that shredder...

Shredder image courtesy of willsfca's Flickrstream under a Creative Commons License.

Last Updated 29 May 2008

Elfy

Oh dear, a big increase in ID fraud? That is worrying. I wonder if anyone has committed ID fraud against me. Maybe I should check my credit record to find out. Hmm. Who could I do that with? Experian, you say? The people who commissioned this report? Well, there's a helpful coincidence.