Insurance companies report dramatic increase in identity thefts

Figures for the first three quarters of the year are worrying

Figures from insurance companies show that identity theft is a growing problem in Denmark, Berlingske reports.

“It’s a form of criminality that’s growing rapidly,” Sune Larsen, a business development manager at the insurance company Tryg, told Berlingske.

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Numbers up everywhere
The number of Tryg customers who have incurred financial loss because of criminals using their personal data has risen from 30 in 2013 to 132 in the first nine months of 2014. The same trend can be seen across the insurance market – Alm Brand has seen the figure jump from 40 to 67.

Police do not have statistics for the total number of identity thefts in Denmark, but a report from the University of Copenhagen in 2013 suggests that in 2012 as many as 73,000 Danes had their credit card details, personal information (such as their CPR number) or passwords stolen.