They want your number

Imagine the nightmare of finding there is another you lurking out there somewhere, someone who has stolen enough personal data to be able to take out a bank loan, secure a mortgage and apply for credit cards in your name or plunder your life savings.

Recorded cases of identity theft nearly trebled last year to 101,000, according to the Credit Fraud Avoidance System, and the crime is estimated to cost more than £1.3bn a year.

The Observer

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