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The debate over ID cards rages on but to give an idea of the level of fraud being encountered in the UK, in 2005 CIFAS , the fraud prevention service, undertook a Data Matching exercises for a number of different agencies, the DWP, DVLA, HMRC and the then UKPAS to check how many of the addresses on thier files were also on the CIFAS files as being associated with identifed fraud cases. The "average" match expected by CIFAS was 2 - 4%. That found was over 20%.

"Deceased Persons" Fraud has increased ten fold over the past five years (from 8,000 to 80,000 cases and is costing the Financial Services industry apporximately £340 million (and therefore the UK's Treasury £100 million in lost Corporation Tax).