Identity Theft

Home Department written question – answered on 20th July 2005.

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Photo of Mark Oaten Mark Oaten Shadow Secretary of State for Home Affairs, Home Affairs

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his Answer of 28 June 2005, Official Report, column 1458W, on identity fraud/theft, what definition (a) he and (b) the Association for Payment Clearing Services uses of identity theft.

Photo of Charles Clarke Charles Clarke Home Secretary

The Home Office Identity Fraud Steering Committee, of which Association for Payment Clearing Services (APACS) is a member, has produced a high-level definition of identity crime, within which identity theft is defined broadly as occurring when sufficient information about an identity is obtained to facilitate identity fraud, irrespective of whether, in the case of an individual, the victim is alive or dead.

For their purposes, APACS consider identity theft on cards as occurring when a criminal uses fraudulently obtained personal information to open or access card accounts in someone else's name.

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