ID theft on rise

As many as 50,000 Danes will experience that their identity has been stolen this year, according to a study carried out by the University of Copenhagen.

Rigspolitiet statistics show the crime has increased four-fold since 2008.

Police said increasing amounts of personal information stored on the internet, lax security practices by retailers and an outdated national ID card have all made it easier for someone to lift another person’s identity.

But instead of criminal gangs or malicious computer hackers being behind the crime, the report found that in more than half of cases the culprit was someone the victim knew.

And, as irritating as identity theft can be, only about a third of victims had their identity used to fraudulently make purchases or obtain loans.

DR Nyheder

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