The latest estimate is that identity fraud costs the UK economy £1.7 billion. (Source: The Home Office Identity Fraud Steering Committee). A quarter of UK adults have had their identity stolen or know someone who has fallen victim to ID fraud (Source: Which? magazine survey)
ID Theft Protect, launched at www.id-protect.co.uk, is a new open access website for consumers to identify and access solutions to protect personal privacy.
It brings together knowledge and solutions tailored to each consumer’s personal situation. All the original information on the site is made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon registration.
The site also contains the unique “STEP-BY-STEP” programme which allows users to create their own personal safety programme to ensure they are effective in securing their identity. The programme runs through a simple set of questions which allow the user to identify areas where they might be at risk and most importantly, what steps they can take to protect themselves and their families.
Julian Evans, Managing Director of ID Theft Protect said; "The average British consumer has never been at more risk of having their identity stolen, and this is backed up with the current high levels of press coverage within the sector. The ID Theft Protect project aims to educate consumers, not only on the potential dangers to themselves and their families, but also through the unique STEP-BY-STEP programme. This programme then provides consumers with links to our partners’ solutions based upon their unique risk profile.”
Additionally, the site contains tips and information to safeguard:
•Your home computer identity
•Your non-computer identity
•Tips and advice on how to recover a “stolen” identity”