The UK’s internet fraud map… worrying privacy issues

“London has been confirmed as the web-fraud capital of Britain, leading the pack when it comes to CNP (cardholder not present) fraud.

With an increase of around 22% in national internet card crime, the latest Early Warning Fraud Map
shows London, Manchester, Coventry, Kilmarnock and Bristol as
sustaining significantly more fraudulent transactions than elsewhere.”

…from Antony Savvas, at Computer Weekly – it’s a good follow through from his post in March this year:

Over one-in-ten (12%) internet users have experienced web fraud in past 12 months, costing them an average of £875 each.

The figure is reported by government and industry online safety campaign Get Safe Online.
 
A
survey among UK internet adult users (who number a total of 29m) found
that 12% had experienced online fraud in the last year. 

In
that time, 6% had suffered fraud while shopping online, 5% had
experienced another form of general online fraud and 4% were subject to
bank account or credit card fraud as a result of activity online (some
users experienced more than one of these types of fraud).”

The fraud map broadly follows population – no surprise there. What’s most worrying is that fraud rose by 22%. That may simply be the fraudsters’ response to chip n pin’s introduction in February 2006 – which may well have shifted card fraud from point of sale to cardholder not present transactions.

But if we can’t keep our money secure, with the help of our banks, then what chance have we of keeping our personal data secure? It’s a real issue, because no amount of protection by our banks can prevent ID theft if individually we leave data trails across the web that allow fraudsters to construct a personal profile.

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  • reply Julian Evans ,

    To be honest people should take a look at our FREE impartial online resource http://www.id-protect.co.uk. We provide education and awareness to consumers and small businesses both here in the UK and overseas.

    Most online fraud could be stopped if the appropriate education and awareness messages were communicated. ID THEFT PROTECT is working with a number of organisations to help achieve this.

    Why not signup today and receive our latest monthly newsletter? It concentrates on ‘protecting your credit’.

    • reply Will Rowan ,

      Thanks for the pointer Julian.

      I think it’s going to take folk a generation to get to grips with what you could call ‘the new privacy’. Networking our identities allows scraps of data to be compiled – and a profile built – whether it’s for legitimate targeting of ads or illegitimate uses.

      But this is your specialism! I’m looking forward to reading through your resources.

      Will

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