Today CIFAS the fraud prevention agency in the UK released its report on Frauds for 2009.
It states that there were 85,000 victims of impersonation and 24,000 victims of bank account takeovers. this represents a 35% and 15% increase respectively from 2008 levels.
This is what CIFAS Communications Manager Richard Hurley had to say on the matter "The financial cost of fraud is bad enough, but the emotional and psychological effects for the victim must never be underestimated. Fraudsters are adapting their approach in an attempt to ensure that their profits do not suffer during the recession, with absolutely no thought for the profoundly damaging impact this has on their victims. The role played by online, organized, criminals trading in people's identity details has been frequently reported in recent years, and it is depressing to think that the numbers of victims of fraud demonstrates just how little these criminals care."
CIFAS offer a potective register that people can join for more info head over to http://www.cifas.org.uk/default.asp?edit_id=565-85