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ID cards will 'help fraudsters'

PUBLISHED June 13, 2005

Leading fraud experts have rejected Tony Blair's claims that identity cards will help to stem the soaring costs of identity theft.

Dr James Backhouse, a director of the London School of Economics Information Systems Integrity Group, said that identity cards would instead become the new master key for identity fraudsters, who would be able to acquire the cards using stolen documents. An identity theft takes place every four minutes and costs the country an estimated £1.3 billion a year.