Personation

Home Office written question – answered on 16th October 2017.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Human Rights), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have had their identity stolen in each of the last five years.

Photo of Ben Wallace Ben Wallace Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)

The Home Office do not hold the information requested. The use of another person’s identification details (or the use of false identification details), often referred to identity theft, is not itself an offence in law.

Most instances of ‘Identity Theft’ come to light when victim’s details are used fraudulently to obtain goods, services or money using credit arrangements or loans. Figures on these offences are collated by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) and are published quarterly by the Office for National Statistics in the bulletin Crime in England and Wales in Table A5: The latest available data can be found in table A5:

https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/crimeandjustice/datasets/crimeinenglandandwalesappendixtables

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