Identity Theft in the UK: The Offender and Victim Perpective

This main purpose of this study was to consult offenders to provide an insight into how they get hold of the information that they use to commit identity fraud with a special focus on using paper based documents e.g. utility bills, bank statements, birth certificates etc. By consulting victims the aim was to get their perspective on how their details were stolen and used.

Offenders in this study adopted a range of approaches to commit identity fraud using paper based documents which proved valuable to those who used stolen identities to apply for credit cards, mobile phone contracts and in some circumstances higher level fraudulent activities.

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