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ID fraudsters zone in on East End

PUBLISHED: 17:42 06 June 2008 | UPDATED: 13:21 05 October 2010

TWO streets in London’s East End have been identified as two of Britain’s ID fraud’ hotspots, a research company claims. One is in the heart of the affluent Canary Wharf business district, the other less than a mile away is where Tower Hamlets council offices are. Both have been singled out by their E14 postcodes as the second and third worst streets in the country where people are most likely to have their identity stolen’

By Victoria Huntley

TWO streets in London's East End have been identified as two of Britain's 'ID fraud' hotspots, a research company claims.

One is Chancellor Passage, in the heart of the affluent Canary Wharf business district.

The other is Clove Crescent, less than a mile away in Blackwall, home to Tower Hamlets' council offices.

Both have been singled out by their E14 postcodes as the second and third worst streets in the country where people are most likely to have their identity 'stolen'.

They are nearly five times more likely to fall victim than the average Brit.

The worst is a street is in Tooting in south London, College Gardens.

The information services company Experian, which published its research last week, claims London remains 'the identity fraud capital of the UK' with residents almost twice as likely as to fall victim to ID theft as anyone else.

The analysis of postcodes, including Chancellor Passage E14 5 and Clove Crescent E14 2, reveals identity fraud enclaves where people are at a particularly high risk of falling foul of fraudsters.

ID fraud has risen by 66 per cent in just two years, with more people contacting Experian's 'helpline' than ever before.

The company's fraud director Helen Lord said: "The dramatic increases we have witnessed over the last few years have coincided with the increasing involvement of organised criminals.

"The rate of ID fraud growth is worrying. Some people are statistically more likely than others to be victims, but we should all be concerned. We are all potential victims."

'Corporate Top Dogs' earning more than £50,000 a year are more than three times more likely than the UK average to fall victim to fraudsters. Typical victims are between 26 and 45 who own their own homes.

Those renting from private landlords, local authorities or housing associations are also at 'high' risk, sharing mail boxes and tending to move more frequently than homeowners, which provides more opportunities for fraudsters to misuse credit histories that have not been updated.

victoria.huntley@archant.co.uk


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