A survey has revealed that 21 million people do not protect themselves against identity theft while 97% of household waste contains at least one item that could assist a fraudster.
The survey from Lawpack Publishing, the self-help legal publisher, also reveals that over a quarter of identity theft victims know the perpetrator, proving that simply shredding bank statements is not enough.
Barry Stamp, author of the Identity Theft Self-Help Kit, published by Lawpack, says, Identity fraud is one of the fastest growing crimes in the UK.
However so many people do nothing to protect themselves or think simply shredding confidential documents will suffice.
As ID fraudsters used more advanced technology, consumer and businesses need to be more aware of how to protect themselves.