Fraudsters prey on apathetic Brits

Friday, 19 March 2004, 1:36 AM EST

An apathetic and careless approach to finances by some British consumers is making fraud far easier.

A survey out today suggests that more than eight million Britons would willingly disclose vital personal information to a cold caller. Men (22 per cent) are far more likely to give out information needed to commit identity fraud than women (14.5 per cent).

Many people wouldn’t think twice about sharing the two pieces of personal information ‘most wanted’ by identity thieves: their mother’s maiden name (20 per cent) and their date of birth (46.4 per cent).

By John Leyden at The Register.

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