05 August 2016
Technology users warned of ID fraud threat
Tech-savvy users of mobile and social media tools have been warned about the growing risk of identity fraud.
According to new data from credit checking firm Experian, 23% of the victims of ID fraud attempts last year were highly tech-savvy.
Those who fall into this category have witnessed a 16.7% increase in ID theft attempts compared to the previous 12 months, the report added.
People in this group generally spend more time online than the wider British public, and make effective use of things like gadgets and digital services.
Experian said they generally live in urban areas and would find it tough to go through each day without digital tools.
However, the firm's fraud warning is not confined to tech-savvy individuals. It added that older and retired households are also at risk, with this group seeing a 15.4% year-on-year rise in the number of ID fraud attempts.