Identity fraud reached record levels in 2016 – BBC News

Posted March 15th, 2017 in identity fraud, news, statistics, young persons by tracey

‘Young people are a growing target for identity theft cases, which have reached record levels in 2016, fraud prevention organisation Cifas says. Almost 25,000 victims of fraud were aged under 30, with the number of under-21s defrauded rising by a third.’

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BBC News, 15th March 2017

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Law Society may intervene in landmark fraud case – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The Court of Appeal will be tasked with offering landmark guidance on the liability of professionals where property is purchased through an ID fraud. The Gazette exclusively revealed last week that City firm Mishcon de Reya faced a £1m payout after its client Dreamvar was duped into buying a London property from a tenant posing as the owner.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 6th February 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Jail again for fraudulent ex-solicitor who hijacked law firm’s identity – Legal Futures

Posted October 25th, 2016 in costs, fraud, identity fraud, law firms, news, recidivists, sentencing, solicitors by michael

‘An ex-solicitor has been found guilty and jailed for five years for five counts of fraud by false representation – his second spell in jail for fraud after he previously stole from his firm’s client account’

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Legal Future, 21st October 2016

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Identity fraud up by 57% as thieves target social media – BBC News

Posted July 5th, 2016 in identity fraud, internet, news, reports, statistics by sally

‘The number of victims of identity theft rose by 57% last year, figures from fraud prevention service Cifas suggest.’

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BBC News, 5th July 2016

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Police must say if dead children’s identities stolen, say parents – The Guardian

Posted June 23rd, 2016 in children, identity fraud, inquiries, investigatory powers, news, police by sally

‘Bereaved parents have demanded that police reveal whether the identities of their dead children were stolen by undercover officers who spied on political groups.’

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The Guardian, 22nd June 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

UK fraud costing ‘£193bn a year’, new study suggests – BBC News

Posted May 26th, 2016 in fraud, identity fraud, news, reports, statistics, tax evasion by tracey

‘The annual cost of fraud in the UK has been estimated at £193bn – equal to nearly £3,000 per head of population – according to a new report.’

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BBC News, 25th May 2016

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Teenage girls given 12 months youth detention over Facebook baby kidnap plot – The Independent

‘Two teenage girls have been sentenced to 12 months youth detention for conspiracy to kidnap babies in September last year.’

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The Independent, 21st May 2016

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Paedophile posed as Zoella to groom children online – Daily Telegraph

‘A sex predator who pretended to be fashion blogger Zoella Sugg has been jailed for eight years for grooming children online.’

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Daily Telegraph, 17th May 2016

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

New guidelines published on the prosecution of those who abuse victims online – Crown Prosecution Service

‘The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is updating its guidelines on social media to incorporate new and emerging crimes that are being committed online and to provide clear advice to help the prosecution of cyber-enabled crime.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 3rd March 2016

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Past deception to obtain Indefinite Leave to Remain may lead to status being revoked – Free Movement

Posted January 13th, 2016 in identity fraud, immigration, news by sally

‘The case of Huang & Ors, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (“No Time Limit” Transfer: Fraud) (IJR) [2015] UKUT 662 (IAC) arises from the provision of false or incorrect identity information by asylum seekers who were initially refused asylum but who were then never removed and were later granted status under the Legacy amnesty backlog clearance programme.’

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Free Movement, 12th January 2016

Source: www.freemovement.org.uk

Court of Appeal considers EU deportation, public revulsion and “imperative grounds” – Free Movement

‘In Secretary of State for the Home Department v Straszewski [2015] EWCA Civ 1245 (03 December 2015) Moore-Bick LJ, giving the leading judgment, finds that public revulsion is not generally relevant to decisions to deport under EU law.’

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Free Movement, 6th January 2016

Source: www.freemovement.org.uk

Bogus solicitors given jail time for providing immigration advice – Legal Futures

Posted July 7th, 2015 in fraud, identity fraud, news, sentencing by sally

‘A man who falsely claimed to be a solicitor has been jailed for 15 months after being guilty of providing unregulated immigration advice and services, while another who was actually a bus driver has been handed a suspended sentence.’

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Legal Futures, 7th July 2015

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Police stole identities of dead children as old as 17 – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 7th, 2015 in children, freedom of information, identity fraud, news, police by tracey

‘The identities of dead teenagers as old as 17 were stolen by undercover police officers, according to figures released by Scotland Yard after an MP’s near two-year battle to expose the information.’

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Daily Telegraph, 6th January 2015

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Former Racial Equality Council leader jailed for identity theft – The Guardian

Posted November 25th, 2014 in identity fraud, news, sentencing by sally

‘A respected campaigner on racial equality has been found guilty of stealing another man’s identity, living and working under the false name for more than 20 years.’

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The Guardian, 25th November 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Surveillance watchdog warns police over false identities on social media – The Guardian

Posted September 5th, 2014 in identity fraud, internet, investigatory powers, news, police by tracey

‘Police officers and others public authorities who use false identities to disguise their online presence when they use social media to investigate a suspect’s personal lifestyle or associates without authorisation have been warned by the chief surveillance watchdog.’

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The Guardian, 4th September 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Senior managers ‘personally liable’ for anti-money laundering check failings at money service businesses, says HMRC – OUT-LAW.com

‘Senior managers at ‘money service businesses’ face up to two years imprisonment and an unlimited fine if their neglect leads to money laundering or terrorist financing activities, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has warned.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 14th August 2014

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EBay could face compensation claims following cyber attack, warns expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted May 23rd, 2014 in compensation, computer crime, data protection, fines, identity fraud, news by sally

‘Online marketplace eBay may face compensations claims from some of its users if their IT security systems are shown to be deficient in light of a major cyber attack that has hit the company, an expert has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 22nd May 2014

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Carer disguised herself as 81-year-old Alzheimer’s sufferer to steal £22,000 from pensioner – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 12th, 2014 in abuse of position of trust, carers, elderly, fraud, identity fraud, news, theft by tracey

‘A carer tried to disguise herself as an 81-year-old Alzheimer’s sufferer in a bid to steal £22,000 from a pensioner’s bank account.’

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Daily Telegraph, 12th March 2014

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Mother steals identity from other pregnant mum to stop child from going into care – The Independent

Posted March 12th, 2014 in children, hospitals, identity fraud, news, pregnancy, social services by tracey

‘A pregnant woman used the identity of another woman which she had taken from a social networking site when she was giving birth, to stop authorities from removing the child from her care.’

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The Independent, 11th March 2014

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Government issues revised ‘identify proofing’ guidelines – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 8th, 2014 in electronic commerce, government departments, identity fraud, news by sally

‘The Government has updated guidance it has issued on the identity proofing and verification of individuals.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 8th January 2014

Source: www.out-law.com